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Partnering with the Arizona State University Partnership for Community Development, Fen Chia University in Taiwan, and Bell Care Learning Lab in Arizona, The Global Development Partnership initiative (GCDP) has a mission to build lasting relationships and encourage innovations that will counter social challenges through global partnerships. The main purpose of this initiative is to provide a global platform to incubate creative ideas, reciprocal networking, exchange of resources, and facilitate international partnerships to increase community capacity building. More information: gcdp_program.pdf
In this project, the PCD collaborated with the Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), a regional non-profit organization that serves Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, and Northeast Phoenix. To better serve the communities, FCF wanted to understand current community needs so resources could be used efficaciously. This collaboration provided a unique opportunity to flip the current paradigm through changing the roll of the contractor as the “expert” to one of a co-creator. Community residents were trained and conducted the interview and focus group Assessments. Findings from the needs assessment are included in the Final report.pdf.
Residents and staff of the Salvation Army Laura Danieli Senior Activity Center in downtown Phoenix are designing ways to engage ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions' students, classes, staff, and faculty to revitalize the center. Accomplishments include special events management, creation of a technical center for residents, and fundraising experiences. Working with our colleagues from Dublin City University, we published the article "The Benefits of Intergenerational Learning in Higher Education" that drew experiences from the ASU - Salvation Army partnership.
An organic community-based program to capture the voices of diverse communities in the core downtown area, and to inform ASU students and faculty in matters of pedagogy, research and service activities that would be more responsive to the needs of the community. The downtown community is driving the process. Watch our film here. View and download our chapbook: we-are-downtown-chapbook.pdf
In Fall of 2011, ASU’s Partnership for Community Development (PCD entered into a collaboration with Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) to conduct a community scan to inform the Balsz Promise Neighborhood initiative. The vision of the Balsz Promise Neighborhood initiative is to create “a comprehensive and seamless cradle to college to career continuum to improve educational and developmental outcomes for the children and youth of the community.” These three reports (Part A, B, & C), prologue, and epilogue contain the story of this community its community conversations, reflections, assets, and vitals signs (Download our reports here). We have also published articles about the project in academic journals: "A story about storytelling" and "Where is the place for jazz in community development?"
Redfields to Greenfields is a nation-wide initiative to transform vacant lots in major American cities into a financially-sustainable and resident-friendly open spaces. PCD collaborated with the Speedwell Foundation, the City of Phoenix, and Virginia Tech on plans to strengthen the provision of parks and connectors in Phoenix. Our team contributed to the design of the booklet Transforming a Desert City. Professors Richard Knopf and Dale Larsen from the School of Community Resources and Development are also featured in Redfields to Greenfields Phoenix promotional video.
The Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Service Integration - The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) has embarked on a journey of innovation that seeks to revolutionize the way social services are structured and delivered to better serve Arizona children, adults, and families. This process, called the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC), engaged 20 teams throughout the state of Arizona to incubate new ideas and test their feasibility. As project evaluator, the Partnership for Community Development has issued three reports that document 105 innovations and breakthroughs created by Arizona social service practitioners. The PCD is serving as technical advisor to the DES as it seeks to infuse the 105 innovations throughout the DES organization, as well as in communities throughout Arizona.
Mobilizing residents of this active adult community to utilize their areas of expertise, expand their leadership skills, and act upon their volunteer spirit to help build capacity for non-profit organizations and strengthen social service systems throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area (University of Maryland, United Way).
Working with the City of Litchfield Park to assess the role of a recreation/community center in building a sense of community and meeting life quality needs of residents. The PCD is engaging residents in focus group discussions to explore their vision for the future of the Litchfield Park Recreation Center and its role in bringing together community members of all ages (City of Litchfield Park).
Partnering with the ASU Center for Violence Prevention on a powerful project to address the many manifestations of violence and explore the pathways of hope to overcoming these aspects of violence within the Maryvale community. This project will focus on combining the existing social capital (assets, gifts, and talents) of residents with innovative, promising practices of civic engagement that will help to increase life quality in Maryvale (ASU Center for Violence Prevention).
Providing strategic planning and facilitation services for the Eloy City Council to determine its vision, issues, challenges, strategic priorities, and action planning processes for the future.(City of Eloy).
Founding partner and continuing participation in a multi-sector partnership formed within the West Valley to identify human services needs and issues, develop collaborative plans and implement effective change. As one of many partners in the Alliance, the PCD provides facilitation and expertise on community development and planning (Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Valley of the Sun United Way, Quality of Life Community Services, and many more).
Founding partner and continuing participation in a multi-sector partnership focused on providing networking and monthly capacity-building workshops for West Valley human services organizations. As one of four organizing agencies for the Coalition, the PCD provides facilitation and access to speakers within the ASU system (Valley of the Sun United Way, Quality of Life Community Services, Southwest Community Network).
Providing leadership training for community development, community governance, and human services infrastructure development in a rapidly developing planned community (Pulte Homes, University of Maryland, UPS Foundation).
Security Service Integration developing a prototype for structural change in service delivery for the state's largest agency, and developing models for integrating faith communities, non-profits, and other governmental agencies in responding to human service needs (Arizona Department of Economic Security, Casey Family Programs).
Working with Verrado community residents to provide a vision for life quality development in this "new town" community. Community leaders are trained in community empowerment methodologies, and in the process for diagnosing community health. (DMB Associates)
Implementing a social science framework for developing leadership skills among Verrado teens. Identifying personal gifts/talents of teens, and targeting these assets to community development both within Verrado and throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. (DMB Associates)
Working with the Town of Wickenburg to create a roadmap for economic and life quality development in a way that preserves the values that are historically important to town residents. The PCD conducted a community needs assessment exploring the assets, challenges, perceptions and visions of Wickenburg residents. (Wellik Foundation)