Community Dialogue: Moving from Research to Action

Last fall, as part of HELP’s Fall Research Exposition, we brought together community partners from across B.C. and Alberta for a community dialogue.  At that time we committed to bring highlights of this dialogue back to participants and the ECD community.  Please find a summary of the highlights below.

HELP’s community partnerships are central to what we do.  We are committed to ECD research that the community cares about and we value your experience and community work.  We want to hear from you how we can support you to use our research.  To further the discussion that we started on October 27th, HELP is hosting a teleconference:

Teleconference:  Monday April 16th at 12:30

Discussion: Strategies for sharing EDI Results with parents and communities to encourage action. Email to register.

We also invite you to connect in other ways by joining the Early Years Community Development Institute (EYCDI) or follow HELP on twitter, with special focus on Early Years Community Development hashtag #EYCD.

If you would like more information about the October  26th session of the Fall Research Expo, you can find these on the Event Summary, which hosts the event outline, video recordings of the presentations, posters, and photos from the event.

Highlights of October 27th Dialogue

Over the course of the morning, key themes included:

  • Practice/Policy/Research (overlapping circles);
  • 2-way influence and dialogue in community;
  • Shift to assets and good news; and
  • Respect and acknowledge a variety of knowledges, perspectives, voices and audiences

Group-generated Discussion Questions

1. If we can get collaboration or intersectoral tables to work at the community level, how do we achieve systemic support and change? Do we need to engage new partners to make this work?

2. What can community coalitions do to encourage political change or should their mandate be programmatic?

3. How do we create and tell stories as a way of encouraging change?  What would those stories be in a BC/Community Context?

4. How do we assess program quality?  What is the difference between accountability and continuous quality improvement?  [How can we translate research for a complex community setting? ]

5. What strategies can we use to share EDI results with parents and communities to encourage action?  Can we develop more effective resources to facilitate this?

6. What are the implications of moving to a thriving (assets-based model) from a deficit model?

7. What have been our successes to date?  How can we build on them?  What do we need to do differently to increase our impact?