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Field Notes: How to plan a Learning Collaborative - Step Seven
March 5, 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.
The magic of the Learning Collaborative really begins when all of the participants get together for their first in-person meeting, Session One. Session One has two distinct parts. The first part, which our Technical Assistance Specialist Kay Moshier McDivitt covers in the videos below, consists of instruction and activities that get all the participants on the same page about what a best practice rapid re-housing program looks like.
This video covers what materials the facilitator and participants need to bring, and some helpful tips on how much time to allot for each activity.
Purpose and Goals of Session One
It is essential to have clear goals for the outcome of the meeting and to refer to them frequently throughout the meeting. This video suggests three goals and three purposes for a rapid re-housing Learning Collaborative.
The introductory activity helps participants learn more about each other and gives the facilitator a picture of where participants stand on their knowledge and comfort level with rapid re-housing.
Rapid Re-Housing Role Play Game
The Rapid Re-Housing Role Play Game, which you can download here, is a fun activity that sparks conversation about how to overcome barriers to re-housing.
Overview of Rapid Re-Housing
An overview of what a best practice rapid re-housing program looks helps all the participants get on the same page before delving into ways to improve their programs.
This activity establishes the goals the Learning Collaborative will strive to meet over the next few months before their next meeting. The goals should be specific and measurable.
During the second part of our series, which we’ll cover in a later blog, participants create their plans for improving their rapid re-housing programs. By the end of this day-long meeting, each organization will have completed an action plan with clear steps and measurable benchmarks for how to improve their rapid re-housing program.
View the Series: How to Plan a Learning Collaborative
- Resource: Sample Application
- Resource: Sample Metrics Chart
- Resource: Sample Description
- Resource: Everyone House Academy presentation
- Resource: Sample Pre-Work Packet
- Resource: Sample Learning Collaborative Agenda for First Meeting
- Resource: Sample Learning Collaborative PowerPoint for First Meeting
- Resource: Sample Learning Collaborative Action Plan Template