Thread STL Member Resources
- Here’s the latest edition of the December 2018 Thread STL Member Directory
- The purpose of this directory is to support and facilitate connection among Thread STL members. This is not an exhaustive list of partnerships and coalition professionals in our region, nor is it a complete list of institutions and other entities involved in partnership work; rather, this is a snapshot of our members at a certain point in time. This directory will be updated regularly to reflect changes in membership and partnerships work in which our members participate.
ThreadSTL Member Meeting Aids
- Thread STL Meeting Icebreakers – a helpful collection of meeting icebreakers to kick off a productive meeting!
- Meeting Action Summary Template – we, Thread staff, started using this helpful tool earlier this year. We love it! It’s
verystraight-forward template to help you take notes during meetings in an organized way. A big thanks to our senior advisor extraordinaire, John McClusky, for allowing us to share this helpful tool with our members!
Thread STL Blog
Thread Member Meetings
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April 17, 2019
Building communities, connecting with peers and kicking off the learning cohorts
- April 2019 Member Meeting Agenda – PDF of the agenda from our member meeting.
- April 2019 Member Meeting PPT – PDF of the PowerPoint from our member meeting.
- April 2019 Member Discussion: Small Group Report Outs Notes – PDF of the notes from our member meeting.
- April 2019 Member Meeting Recap – a brief review of what we did, what we heard, and what we saw at this month’s member meeting.
- Tamarack Institute Stakeholder Wheel of Engagement – link to handout from our member meeting.
- Forum for Youth Investment’s Big Picture Approach Stakeholder Wheel – link to handout from our member meeting.
February 20, 2019
Featured Speaker Series
- February 2019 Member Meeting Agenda – PDF of the agenda from our member meeting.
- February 2019 Member Meeting PPT – PDF of the PowerPoint from our member meeting.
- February 2019 Member Meeting Recap – a brief review of what we did, what we heard, and what we saw at this month’s member meeting.
- Choose Your Own Adventure Handout – PDF of a handout from our member meeting.
- Featured Speaker Slides: The Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC) envisions greater racial equity in the region’s workforce and seeks to increase youth employability and grow diverse talent pipelines. At the member meeting, Shanise Johnson of the St. Louis Internship Program and Joe Monahan and Nataly Garzon of Ready by 21 St. Louis shared updates on their strategic planning and evaluation efforts over the past year.
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Learning Cohorts Background
- Learning Cohorts Background– This document details the development and implementation of Thread STL’s 2018 Learning Cohorts
- Hopes & Fears Activity – This activity is designed to help break the ice in the group and to familiarize members with each other’s motivations for joining. Moving forward, this activity will be used during the first meeting of a learning cohort to help elicit participants’ expectations and apprehensions for the cohort. This document provides specific facilitation instructions for the Hopes and Fears activity.
- Connection Circles Activity – Use this tool to identify connections between a seemingly unconnected group of topics or to help the group prioritize and select their shared objectives. Moving forward, this activity will be used during the first meeting of a learning cohort to help elicit a list of potential shared learning topics for members to explore together. This document provides specific facilitation instructions for the Connection Circles activity.
- Scriptapedia – This resource is curated and provided by the Social System Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. The resources contained on this website are geared toward group model building workshops but can be easily adapted and used for nearly any facilitated group activity.
2018 Evaluation Cohort
- Evaluation Knowledge Brief– This document tracks and curates the learning and resources of the 2018 Evaluation Learning Cohort.
- Evaluation 101 class for ThreadSTL. Evaluation 101 from Paul Evensen. Learn about the basic building blocks of process, outcome, and impact evaluation.
- Falmouth MA Case Study. This presentation by Paul Evensen provides an overview of his work with the Falmouth Prevention Partnership and their efforts to evaluate the impact of their coalition’s work in reducing teen alcohol consumption.
- Adapted Module 12 – Evaluating the Initiative. This activity provides space for discussion to determine what “attributes” or qualities are most vital to a partnership’s evaluation, and how to ensure that these attributes are incorporated into the structure and philosophy of the evaluation.
- Results-Based Accountability. This website provides an overview to Results-Based Accountability, an evaluation framework that can be employed in the evaluation of coalitions and partnerships.
- Performance Accountability-Teaching. This is a form that can be used to guide stakeholders through the development of a Results-Based Accountability evaluation process by asking a series of questions including baseline information, key partners, and identifying measures of success.
- Population Accountability- Teaching. Similar to the Performance Accountability form, this form walks stakeholders through a series of questions that will help frame what outcomes are desired and achievable at the population level.
- Living Cities’ Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment. This tool provides immediate, tailored feedback about your partnership’s progress and development based on your responses.
2018 Facilitation Cohort
- Facilitation Knowledge Brief– This document tracks and curates the learning and resources gathered from the 2018 Facilitation Learning Cohort.
- Thread STL Facilitation Self Assessment – This self-evaluation document can be used to help you assess your adherence to a number of basic facilitation skills and processes.
- Thread STL Facilitation Peer-Learning Question Guide – A questionnaire to guide thinking for a peer-to-peer skill share or roundtable support activity.
- John McClusky’s Meeting Action Summary Template – This template can help you keep detailed notes of each of your meetings and ensure you don’t miss any important meeting details and decision points.
- Thread STL Detailed Meeting Agenda Template – This detailed agenda template will help you plan each meeting, step by step, to keep you on track and help anyone step into the facilitation role and be ready for success.
- Developing Facilitation Skills – by Patricia Prendiville. A book with extensive detail on developing your facilitation skills, divided into chapters by major facilitation skill categories.
- Instructions for Opening this E-Book – follow the instructions here to open this PDF e-book.
- Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making – by Sam Kaner. Another book to help develop facilitation
skills,particularly focused on helping groups make decisions and achieve shared objectives.
- Your Facilitation Checklist – A quick checklist for facilitating meetings and coalitions provided by KU Community Toolbox.
- What are Facilitation Skills? – A brief primer on facilitation skills provided by the KU Community Toolbox
Trainings, Webinars, and Professional Development
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Articles of Interest
- The Tactics of Trust. Participants in a large, complex collaboration can build a capacity for finding common ground–and it doesn’t have to take years. From the Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2016 issue.
- What Keeps Steering Committee Members Coming to Meetings? (Hint: F-words!) From the Collective Impact Forum’s Blog.
- Are You or Your Org Guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement? From Vu Le at the popular blog, Nonprofit AF (formerly Nonprofit With Balls). This post was shared by Thread member Jessica Wernli.
- Are You or Your Nonprofit or Foundation Being an Askhole? A follow-up article from Vu Le about the problems of being an “
askhole.” Wondering what he means? Check out his post for more!
- A series on fundraising dynamics and the nonprofit/philanthropic center from Vu Le at Nonprofit AF – these articles explore the problematic nature of traditional donor-organization relationships and how changing those relationships can help your organization fulfill its mission and benefit the broader community.
- 9 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising
- How Donor-Centrism Perpetuates Inequality, and Why We Must Move Toward Community-Centric Fundraising
- 10 Things You Need to Build Clever Coalitions This article from Stanford Social Innovation Review details, from the author’s perspective, the 10 components of successful and effective coalitions. We hope you find this article thought-provoking for your work in leading and managing coalitions.
- The Context Experts In a recently released white paper, The Tamarack Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is defining and lifting-up the need for “context experts” (read: residents/constituents) as crucial stakeholders in the planning and decision-making processes for programs, organizations, and initiatives intended to serve their communities.
- Ending White Supremacy in Ourselves This editorial from Nonprofit Quarterly reviews the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017; critiques the administration’s response to the violence; and calls upon nonprofit leaders to consider the role we are to play as leaders in dismantling racist and oppressive systems.
- Charlottesville and a Time for Gracious Anger Vu Le helps subscribers begin to process the horrible acts committed in Charlottesville, Virginia – and proposes the nonprofit sector strike a new tone in reaction to the events.
- What Does it Look Like for a Community to Own Its Future – This article from Nonprofit Quarterly dives deep into questions about radical shifts in ownership of community change. How do nonprofit organizations ensure their respective communities have ownership in the programs and services they participate in – and thereby, their own futures?
- The Courage to be Unfair – This article from Vu Le at Nonprofit AF explores the challenges and fears many of us have of talking frankly about equity and equality.
- Lessons from 500+ Cross Sector Partnerships. This webinar from Living Cities identifies the challenges most cross-sector partnerships face, and explores cross-sector case studies to help you improve your own work.
- Survival of the Connected: The Power of Collaboration for the Nonprofit Sector: The webinar, hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review, provided great insight from leaders in nonprofit and social sector collaboration including the CEOs of DataKind, www.Give.org, and Mission Partners. If you are asked to login to view the webinar, use the following e-mail address (no password is required): email@example.com
- When Collective Impact Has an Impact: The webinar, hosted by Collective Impact Forum, explores actionable insights gleaned from an in-depth study of 25 collective impact sites. Also discussed were learnings about the implementation of the collective impact approach, the ways in which equity practices and capacity contribute to outcomes, and how early changes and system changes contribute to population-level impact.
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