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  • Community Psychology PhD Chronicles pt. 3

    Human Connection and the Learning Pathway January 25, 2022 We’re in the heart of winter now… glorious snowshoeing in our backwoods with the frolicking […]

  • Community Psychology PhD Chronicles, Pt. 2

    The Learning Pathway by Cari Patterson I’ve just officially completed the first year of my PhD program (time flies!) and I’m poised to begin […]

  • Systems Change in Difficult Times

    2020-2021 Impact Report Released July 12, 2021 Systems change can take a long time. So, how do you know if you’re moving the needle?  […]

  • Scaling up "Impact Laws and Policy", Scale Out "Impact Greater Numbers", and Scale Deep "Impact social roots"

    What does systems change look like?

    Systems change can be a tough nut to crack in many ways. First, what is this system you are speaking of?! There are multiple perspectives and truths simultaneously at play. In fact, there are often multiple systems!

  • Community Psychology PhD Chronicles

    By Cari Patterson, Director, Research and Evaluation Part One: Introduction When I started working on my PhD last fall, one of my Community Psychology […]

  • Wicked Questions with three circular icons, representing convergence / divergence, inclusion / exclusion and centralized /distributed

    Wicked Questions at the heart of networks

    As the MaRS Solutions Lab notes: “creating guiding questions helps to map and understand your challenge.” In the world of complex systems change, anchor […]

  • Developmental Evaluation: Panning for DE Gold

    Panning for DE Gold

    Inspiring Communities and its nested initiatives (three collective impact community sites) use a developmental evaluation approach to reflect upon achievements and learnings in real time to help with course adjustments as needed and evolution of planned activities. In October, a Developmental Evaluation report, called a DE Brief, was produced and shared with government partners. While the full 10 page document is chock full of reflection and learnings important to the work of Inspiring Communities, we’d like to pull out just a few highlights and share the summary of impacts identified for the period of July through September 2020.

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    Innovative Evaluation

    Written by Cari Patterson, Director of Research and Evaluation When we work in complexity, we are often evaluating innovation. That means we are looking […]