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Monday, September 17
 

10:00am CDT

Make social media work for you
When social movements like #MeToo coexist with calls to #DeleteFacebook, one thing is clear -- social media strongly influences the form and substance of community conversations. Get in the driver's seat and make this powerful tool work for you. Learn updates and best practices for sharing data and engaging your audiences. Then create a plan tailored for your project's budget, goals and capacity.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hamberg

Ruth Hamberg

Founder / Owner, Squaretree LLC
Ruth is principal of Squaretree, a social change marketing firm. Squaretree partners with changemakers: nonprofits, small businesses, coalitions and artists. After studying the science of collaboration and the art of social change—and learning from the wisdom of practitioners around... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format Workshop (50 min.)

11:00am CDT

Building Wakanda - Cross-sector Partnerships and Impact Investing to Build a More Equitable Future.
Historically faced with poverty and long-term neighborhood challenges, North Minneapolis is now home to several examples of high-impact transformative cross-sector partnerships and investments. How can private investors, government, corporations and the community work collaboratively to design a community credit union, grocery stores, clinics, a state of the art technology center, among other projects to support economic recovery and ensure a thriving community? This session will examine unconventional deal structures, key community relationships, and lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Stephannie L. Lewis

Stephannie L. Lewis

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Social Impact Strategies Group
Stephannie brings more than 10 years of combined experience in project management, program management, operations, public policy research and consulting to her role as Strategic Partnerships Manager at Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG). She brings high energy, passion and a spirit... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Rasmussen

Elaine Rasmussen

CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group
Thank you for joining us at ConnectUP! MN. We can’t wait to celebrate the entrepreneur ecosystem with you and learn more about what it takes to build a stronger, inclusive and equitable entrepreneur ecosystem.Instead of posting a bio we ask you to answer the following questions:What... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format Workshop (50 min.)

2:00pm CDT

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR TOOL, YOUR WAY: A new platform for Community Indicator Systems – learning from the redevelopment of Peg
Community indicator systems are catalysts for development. However, establishing and maintaining a community indicator system can be political, costly and labour intensive. Without an indicator system, how are communities expected to manage what they cannot measure? Recognizing this issue, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has created an online indicator platform tailored specifically to the unique requirements of community indicator systems. Through Peg, Winnipeg’s CIS developed in partnership with the United Way Winnipeg, this presentation explores the platform’s functionalities, structure and techniques for gathering and communicating data and highlights how the simplicity of the tool allows it to be implemented and customized at the local level or scaled-up to the global level.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Temmer

Jennifer Temmer

Project Officer, IISD


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

3:10pm CDT

MAP Dashboard: Engaging the Southern Arizona Community
This presentation will highlight how the Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard successfully engages our partners, stakeholders, and the Southern Arizona community through the use of compelling visualizations and storytelling.  The MAP partnership is unique to our community and is the first time the business and non-profit communities, along with government, have successfully collaborated with the University. In contrast to many local initiatives, the partnership was crucial in maximizing the diversity of participants in our community engagement process.  The presentation will conclude with an example of how the MAP Dashboard tells the story through visualizations.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Pullen

Jennifer Pullen

Research Economist and Program Coordinator, MAP Dashboard, Economic and Business Research Center, University of Arizona
As a research economist in the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, Jennifer is currently project manager and analyst for the Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard. The MAP Dashboard was created to measurably improve... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format Talk (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm CDT

Rewriting the Rural Narrative: Leadership and Engagement
This engagement will allow participants to learn how just one data source - the National Center for Charitable Statistics - has enabled us to conduct rich educational offerings around social capital in ways that counter the negative narrative that exists regarding the "decline of social capital" as it pertains to rural communities. Using simple data visualization we are able to create "consumable" information that allows community leaders to better understand trends related to civic life.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Winchester

Ben Winchester

Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Extension
Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 20 years. He is trained as a Rural Sociologist and works as a Senior Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality. He conducts applied research on economic, social... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Community & Economic Developement
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:10pm CDT

Still Lonely in Vancouver? Troubling signs in uncertain times.
In 2012, Vancouver Foundation identified social isolation as a pressing problem. Although the survey and expectations of its impact were small, the survey ignited a big response in the press and among organizations and government.  In 2017, Vancouver Foundation commissioned a 5 year follow up survey and research to explore and quantify the results of our influence in the 5 years since the release of our 2012 survey. Identifying indicators for this research, comparing the 5 year data trends and creating and sharing the results has influenced policy, inspired others to action and resulted in many initiatives dedicated to increase connections and engagement of residents of our region.  Sharing the story of this 5 year research and public engagement journey will highlight the value of indicator research.

Speakers
avatar for Trina Prior

Trina Prior

Manager of Partnerships, Vancouver Foundation
Trina Prior is the Manager of Partnerships & Community Initiatives at Vancouver Foundation, one of Canada’s largest community foundations. Her recent work has focused on community engagement and collaboration, including the 2017 Connect & Engage report for Metro Vancouver and the... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:10pm CDT

The application of indicators in regional Victoria, Australia as a catalyst for evidence-based planning, partnership development and community engagement
Like most learning, the practice and application of indicators is often informed by other indicator initiatives. Many of these initiatives include indicators that have been developed within large urban contexts, particularly the application of spatial neighbourhood level indicators. This research will present the learnings gained from applying neighbourhood level spatial indicators in health and municipal planning across a number of municipalities in regional Victoria, Australia. It will provide results of the indicator assessments across different regions, the unique applications in regional areas and describe how the indicators have been used to build partnerships within communities and across different tiers of government. The research demonstrates how indicators are a powerful source of evidence for policy development, partnership building and community engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Davern

Melanie Davern

Senior Research Fellow Co-Director Healthy Liveable Cities Group, RMIT University


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format Talk (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

11:10am CDT

A Story of Partnership: East Side Health and Well-being Collaborative
Starting in 2015, HealthEast (now Fairview Health Services) convened nearly two dozen organizations to address the root causes of poor health at the neighborhood level.  Community partners identified local health and well-being needs and narrowed the group’s focus to two high-priority areas.  : 1) Access to Healthy Food and 2) Mental Health and Stress Resilience.

The 18-month pilot projects born of this process (East Side Table and the East Side Mental Health & Stress Resilience Partnership) embrace East Side communities’ unique cultural traditions and wisdom, build on existing strengths and resources, and acknowledge the challenges that many low-income East Side residents face every day.

This presentation will highlight those initiative and provide tools to attendees to:
1. Advocate for a collaborative model within their own organizations and communities
2. Shift their understanding of collaboration to one of “for” the community to “with” the community
3. Discuss the necessity of building a collaboration that grows and shares power to address the root causes of health

Speakers
avatar for Keith Allen

Keith Allen

Manager Community Collaborations, Fairview Health Services
Keith Allen is manager, Community Collaborations, Fairview Health Services. Prior to accepting this position Keith served as senior planning specialist with Ramsey County’s Policy and Planning Division, where he focused on high-priority, multi-sector initiatives and led the County’s... Read More →
avatar for Diane Tran

Diane Tran

Senior Director, Community Engagement, Fairview Health Services
Diane Tran is senior director, Community Engagement, Fairview Health Services. Prior to the combination of Fairview Health Systems and HealthEast, Diane served as system director, Neighborhood Integration and Community Engagement for HealthEast. Her career includes strategic community... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm CDT
Minnesota Room
  ENGAGE, Health & Wellbeing
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

2:20pm CDT

Breathing Life into Data: A Journalistic Approach to Indicators
The Boulder County TRENDS Report is the Community Foundation Boulder County’s flagship resource. Since 1996, TRENDS has informed and engaged Boulder County, Colorado’s residents on the issues most important to them. 

Recent editions of the biennial report have incorporated a more journalistic approach. Now, the report is produced by a team that includes former journalists. They start by updating 150 indicators of their region’s social, economic and environmental health. They then analyze the data, looking for what’s new and persistent. Then, they venture into the community to find and interview the people living at the center of the struggles that the indicators point to. 

The result is a 90-page glossy magazine rich with photos and stories of people who possess the hard-earned wisdom you can only get from living through tough times. Their stories breathe life into the data, and help the Community Foundation arrive at the recommendations they provide across seven chapters about how readers can help.

A newly overhauled website, www.commfound.org/trends, offers all the content contained in the magazine, plus a searchable database of indicators with discussion on what each trends means for the community.

Chris Barge, vice president of strategic initiatives at the Community, edits the report and presents highlights from it at presentations to nonprofit boards, elected officials, civic groups and congregations on a weekly basis. The new approach has heightened its accessibility and fostered rich community conversations about what various groups are doing to improve the community.

In this presentation, Barge, a former reporter for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, will lay out the editorial process and make the case for a more journalistic approach to both reporting and presenting community indicators projects. In the age of Big Data, now, more than ever, we need stories that connect us to each other and help us find our way.

Speakers
CB

Chris Barge

VP of Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundation Boulder County
Chris Barge helps The Community Foundation enhance its impact on Boulder County's greatest needs through community based initiatives. His current projects include spinning off a Latino parent engagement program into an independent nonprofit as well as directing our biennial Trends... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Minnesota Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm CDT

Reaching the Nation: An integrated partnership and communications operation in support of the 2020 Census
The Integrated Partnership and Communications operation for the 2020 Census conveys the importance of participating in the 2020 Census to the entire population of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico by engaging and motivating people to self-respond, preferably via the internet, and raising and keeping awareness high throughout the entire 2020 Census.  A variety of tactics are used to reach these goals such as paid advertising, public relations, the Statistics in Schools program, social media and other digital efforts. The integrated partnership efforts use strategic national and local partnerships to increase public trust, awareness, and support of the Census Bureau’s mission to accurately measure the nation’s population and economy. Enrolling community partners to increase decennial participation of those who are less likely to respond or are often missed helps us to educate people about the 2020 Census and foster cooperation with enumerators, encourage community partners to motivate people to self-respond, and engage grass roots organizations to reach out to hard-to-count groups and those who are not motivated to respond to the national campaign.  A more in-depth look at these efforts will be given during this session.

Speakers
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Kaile Bower

Chief, Integrated Partnership and Communications Branch Decennial Communications Coordination Office, United States Census Bureau


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Minnesota Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm CDT

Engaging Communities through Data: Minnesota’s Longitudinal Education Data Systems
Minnesota is home to two cutting-edge data systems to fill the gaps in knowledge on children and the transitions students take between education, college and the workforce. Hear experts from the Minnesota Early Childhood Longitudinal Education Data System (ECLDS) and the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) tell the story of how we’re revolutionizing information delivery to answer questions to inform and fill gaps in knowledge on children and educational transitions.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Jaques-Leslie

Ben Jaques-Leslie

Agency Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services
I work with the administrative data of Minnesota's public assistance programs (TANF, SNAP, etc). Prior to this position, I worked on randomized evaluations in the developing world. I'm excited about ways we can help policymakers use evidence and internal data to make decisions.
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John Lindner

Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Saint Paul Public Schools
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Rachel Vilsack

Agency Performance Manager, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm CDT
Ski-U-Mah Room
  ENGAGE, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format Panel (50 min.)
 


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