Podcast: Capturing the Community Voices Behind the Data in Denver, CO

Jodi Hardin of Civic Canopy (left) and podcast host Peter Eckart (right)

Podcast host Peter Eckart joined Jodi Hardin, Co-Executive Director of Civic Canopy, during a site visit for their DASH CIC-START project, which is using a Results Based Accountability methodology to harness community member and partner perspectives and move from talk to action around measures, indicators and data-informed decision-making. They are part of a multi-sector collaboration called East5ide Unified that aims to ensure all children and families in East Denver are valued, healthy, and thriving. As part of their CIC-START project, East5ide Unified is developing a framework to document shared results and measures of success they aspire to achieve and identifying the routines and structures needed to utilize the data to meet their goals.

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Takeaways from the Interview

In the words of Jodi Hardin…

1. Build relationships early to inform planning

“Without the relationship building process, I don’t think East5ide Unified would be what it is now and what it can be in the future, because we can’t push the policy change without building those relationships and that trust first.”

2. Start by clarifying your end goals

“Whenever we work with groups, we start with – what’s the end result? How are you going to know you get there? What data are you going to collect? What are you going to monitor over time? So we really have latched onto the Results Based Accountability framework because it helps communities and partners come together to get clear on their results and how they will measure success over time.”

3. Make a commitment to do things differently

“If you put the same people in the room around the same table and use the same types of processes, you’re going to get the same outcomes. Every step along the way, we’ve tried to say, are we doing it differently? Are we turning it upside down? Are we willing to test and be vulnerable?”

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