9:15 am - 2:30 pm
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Practicum 1: Equity Centered Community Design with the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL)
Reaching our goals of equitable outcomes for all Oregonians will require us to change how our programs are designed. Equity Centered Community Design combines the techniques of human centered design (listening, empathy, innovation, brainstorming, prototyping) with a focus on creating equitable outcomes. Join us as we learn the principles of community program and policy design. We’ll use the Oregon Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) as our case study for our design question. Together we’ll think about program design improvements that put savers and their experiences and goals at the center. We’ll all leave the day with skills to apply to our work and daily life.
Are you a current or former saver with the IDA Initiative, or are you working to reach a financial goal in your life? Are you a person whose life or neighborhood has been impacted by the work of community organizations, or are you a person of color who perhaps sees gaps in services to your community? We would especially like to have you join us for this session and share your thoughts and insights on what makes IDAs valuable and how they can be made more accessible and powerful for others, and how IDA providers can make their programs more inclusive of the perspectives of savers.
Are you a housing developer, program manager, counselor, or coach to others? While we will dig in to the specific case of matched savings for asset building, you will have the opportunity to spend time in small groups, divided by interest area, talking about how these tools apply to your work. Everyone will leave this session with new practices to develop and models to test new approaches in your work. We will especially focus on how we can use these tools to deliver more equitable outcomes for people of color and in specialized programs, as we learn how to better incorporate the voice of people impacted by decisions in the design and decision making process.
Mary Li, Multnomah Idea Lab
Steve van Eck, Multnomah Idea Lab
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Practicum 2: Communications to Move us Forward with Anat Shenker-Osorio
Communication offers us opportunities to bring people together, to move our issues and policies forward, and to overcome the divisive tactics that dominate public life these days. Anat Shenker-Osorio has led research over the past ten years that offers us a path toward reaching our goals of creating housing opportunity, building a more equitable Oregon, and including more people in decision-making and advocacy.
Join us as Anat shares her thoughts on how to talk about work to create housing opportunity while countering forces of gentrification and displacement. Anat is well known for her research in 2017 and 2018 which provided communication tools to help us address issues of race and class at the same time. This session will offer us researched and tested communications tools and strategies that will help us talk about the financial and housing issues our communities face in ways that counter the divisive narratives that seek to divide us.
You will come away from this session with a better understanding of effective ways to communicate about housing opportunity, the need for new tools to build financial securityand about racial and economic equity. You’ll leave with easy to use suggestions about what to say and how to say it (see this handbook for an example). We will have opportunities to work in small groups to practice and adapt the tools to be helpful as we do our work.
Anat Shenker-Osorio, ASO Communications
Practicum 3: Driving Equity through Data, Systems Change, and Cultural Change -- with Lebaron Sims and others
Data shows us that Oregon, like the rest of the country, has significant disparities in outcomes for people of color, and that rural communities in Oregon experience persistent and extreme poverty. This session will help us understand how we can use data to help us create more equitable outcomes, and how we can center our work towards a more equitable Oregon in data that will provide us measurable indicators of our progress.
This session will feature researchers and analysts who will offer us analysis of recent outcome data that drills down on inequities and disparate outcomes. We’ll hear from colleagues who have used data to drive systems change within their organizations and systems, and some who have used data to help drive cultural changes within their organizations. The day will start with an overview by Lebaron Sims of Prosperity Now, who will provide new analysis of Oregon’s results in the Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, isolating data from the Portland metro area, rural areas, and the Willamette Valley as we look at outcomes and policy tools to address racial wealth disparities.
There will be lots of discussion and time to dive into your experiences and your challenges. You’ll leave with information about leveraging the data that is readily available to you, and with an array of ideas about how you can use that data to help you in focusing and assessing your work. Whether you are a researcher, a program manager, an executive director, or an advocate, you’ll leave this session with clear ideas about how data can help you move forward.
Lebaron Sims, Prosperity Now
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