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Upcoming Webinar: Nashville’s Community Engaged Research

Nashville Promise Neighborhood will release the results of their recent community survey, as well as explain their innovative survey model, in a webinar on Thursday, May 16th from 4-5:30 p.m. ET. Nashville Promise Neighborhood, along with their data partner, Vanderbilt University, completed 485 door-to-door surveys in three Nashville census tracts in just three weekends with the help of graduate students, AmeriCorps volunteers, and agency staff. Learn about their survey design and execution, and how you can implement similar “community engaged research” in your own community needs assessments. This webinar is open to any individual or organization interested in learning about community surveys. Participants will learn more about: community engaged research, sampling strategies that can inform your needs assessment, rapid data collection tools, and models for successful academic and community collaboration. Such well-designed surveys are vital to measuring the impact of any neighborhood development initiative. In 2011, Nashville was one of 20 communities to win a Department of Education Promise Neighborhood grant. The Promise Neighborhoods program aims to target specific challenges faced by high-poverty communities across the country by providing resources to plan and implement “cradle to career” services. Plans are holistic and include improving a neighborhood’s health and safety, expanding access to technology and Internet connectivity, and boosting family engagement in schools. Nashville Promise Neighborhood has brought together government organizations, non-profits (including UNCA member the Martha O’Bryan Center), schools, universities and neighbors to create a zone of “effective cradle-to-career continuum of services” for over 6,000 children and families in the “Stratford cluster” neighborhood in Nashville. Register for the webinar to learn more about how they are measuring the impact of their work.

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