Healthy Beginnings and Healthy Communities Collaborative of Marion and Polk Counties: Ms. Dickinson led this 30+ member collaborative through a two year project which achieved the following outcomes: (1) Improved Partnerships: Over 24 collaborative meetings we explored barriers to childhood health in Marion/Polk Counties, improved partnerships, shared resources, and increased understanding of common goals and interests. (2) Increased Community Engagement: Ms. Dickinson trained collaborative partners in focus group techniques, drafted focus questions, and led the collaborative through the implementation of 12 focus group. These focus group systematically listened to parents and youth to hear their ideas for improving the health of children and families. Focus groups, reaching a diverse representation of our community. (3) Collaborative self-analysis: Ms. Dickinson led the collaborative through the completion of the University of Colorado at Denver PARTNER survey which uses the principles of social network analysis to measure the strength of connections in a collaborative, evaluates how people are positioned within the network, and assess the quality and impact of the exchanges among them. (4) Increased Capacity: Ms. Dickinson led the implementation of training sessions that built the skills of collaborative members. Training topics included: Strengthening Families protective factors, Collective Impact, Social Determinants of Health, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Training sessions incorporated innovative models, including the World Cafe's Community Cafe model.
November 2015: Joy Dickinson spoke at the Salem Chamber Area Chamber of Commerce's Power Hour dedicated to entrepreneurs and anyone who has taken that leap (or wants to) to start your own business. For information about having Joy speak at your next event, contact her at [email protected].
August 2015: Interested in learning how one non-profit is improving the social and emotional well-being of victims of domestic violence? This report describes the outcomes from a 2-year evaluation project that Dickinson Development Consulting recently completed with Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse: click here for the full report.