Fostering Early Field Building: Evaluating Seeds of an Emerging Field
Session Number: 2544
Track: Advocacy and Policy Change
Session Type: Panel
Tags: field building
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Traci Inouye [Vice President and Director, Philanthropy, Equity and Youth Division - Social Policy Research Associates]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rachel Estrella [Senior Associate - Social Policy Research Associates]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: Hilton - Veterans Meeting Room C
Audience Level: Intermediate
Session Abstract (150 words):
With an increasing interest in equity across the sector, philanthropic organizations are recognizing the imperative to create inclusive change through intentional elevation and prioritization of community voices. This is the context in which The Colorado Trust funded the Health Equity Advocacy Strategy (HEAS), a multi-phased grantee-driven field building effort aimed at ensuring equitable health outcomes for Colorado’s most vulnerable. This panel presentation will discuss the complexities of evaluating very early field building efforts driven by community-based partners in a way that couples technical rigor with a value for community agency and power. Panelists will offer an evaluation framework and approach to capture early field building progress desired by foundation boards eager for evidence of movement, while honoring the time and space required of a community-driven change process.
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