Field Notes: How to plan a Learning Collaborative - Step Eight

written by Anna Blasco
March 12, 2014

This blog post is part of a series from the Alliance on designing a Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative in your community. You can read the first post in the series here, where you'll find an explanation of how a Learning Collaborative works. 


Updating your organization’s policies and procedures may feel a little like a trip to the dentist. It is something you know you should get around to soon, but it does not seem particularly pressing and certainly not any fun. The Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative surprised me by demonstrating the real impact having good policies and procedures that align with rapid re-housing best practices has in getting households re-housed quickly and effectively.

Last week I shared with you how to facilitate the first half of the Learning Collaborative’s first meeting, which is essentially a review of rapid re-housing best practices. Today we explore the second half of this meeting, where participants get out their red pens and start reviewing, revising, and aligning their programs with rapid re-housing best practices.

Learning Collaborative Planning Part 2: Overview

This video introduces the goals of the second half of the first meeting, including how to set up the room and what materials to bring.

Learning Collaborative Planning Part 2: Policies and Procedures

This video discusses the portion of the meeting where participants review their policies and procedures to better align them with a best practice rapid re-housing program.

Learning Collaborative Planning Part 2: Barrier Assessment Tools

During this portion of the meeting participants learned how to create a barrier assessment tool that is housing focused, screens clients in rather than out, and is objective.

Learning Collaborative Planning Part 2: Job Descriptions

During this portion of the meeting, participants reviewed their job descriptions to align them with a best practice rapid re-housing program.

Learning Collaborative Planning Part 2: Action Plans

The final activity of the first meeting is essential to the Learning Collaborative process. During this activity, participants develop performance improvement plans and set goals measurable goals for improving their programs.

View the Series: How to Plan a Learning Collaborative

Step Zero: Staffing and Cost

Step One: Do Your Research

Step Two: Create an Application

Step Three: Metrics and Measuring Improvement

Step Four: Recruit Participants

Lessons from the Everyone Housed Academy

Step Five: Assign Pre-Work

Interview with Learning Collaborative Participants

Step Six: Facilitator Preparation for First Meeting

Step Seven: Facilitating the First Meeting – Part 1

Step Eight: Facilitating the First Meeting – Part 2