Those of you who are interested in how evaluation can be used from the outset of a public engagement initiative may find this 2-page chart useful. It was developed in 2008 for Everyday Democracy by the Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD) for EvDem’s Communities Creating Racial Equity project, which involved about a half-dozen community coalitions around the country addressing various forms of structural racism. Download the chart here.
The right column of the chart lists benchmarks for “Institutionalization of democratic processes in the community” while the left column lists benchmarks for the issue (racial equity). The chart is also organized according to 4 time-frames ranging from one year to six years plus.
This chart was shared with NCDD by Patrick Scully (former Deputy Director of Everyday Democracy), after a conference call we offered our members featuring Martin Carcasson discussing his article “Beginning with the End in Mind.”
In his email to conference call participants, Pat wrote “I realize that very few local public engagement initiatives have the resources to plan for five or six years out when they are struggling to get their work off the ground. Yet it can be useful, as Martin suggests, for communities to think about how they can transform their community if they are persistent, skilled, and lucky enough to sustain public engagement over the long haul.”