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ABCD Guide to Creating a Neighborhood Learning Exchange

ABCD Guide to Creating a Neighborhood Learning Exchange

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Published by Marco Ramirez
This book presents a simple, inexpensive method for discovering untapped local resources that can be shared among community members. It shows how to design and operate a capacity-listing-and-referral service utilizing volunteers, donated space and a minimal budget. This model can be modified and expanded for larger groups with greater resources.

More at: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/publications/workbooks/
This book presents a simple, inexpensive method for discovering untapped local resources that can be shared among community members. It shows how to design and operate a capacity-listing-and-referral service utilizing volunteers, donated space and a minimal budget. This model can be modified and expanded for larger groups with greater resources.

More at: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/publications/workbooks/

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After you have identified a core group of people to work on your project, you will want to
establish a preliminary game plan.

Chapter Two - Initial Steps

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A Community Building Workbook ©1998 Kretzmann & McKnight

• First, establish your local capacity listing and referral service goals.

Goals can sometimes be very general, for example, “Our goal is to encourage neighborhood
residents to share their individual capacities with one another.” This is a wonderful goal, but
in designing your game plan, try to make this goal more specific. For example, “Our goal is
to enroll 50 individuals and families in our listing and referral service, and create 20 new
sharing relationships among these members.” By making the general goal concrete, you are
able to move more easily to the next step.

• Next, outline the objectives you must achieve in order to reach your goals.

If you have established concrete goals, you should be able to break down the actual work that
needs to get done in order to meet those goals with relative ease. Using the concrete goal
identified in the previous paragraph as an example, the objectives that must be achieved to
meet that goal would include:
• Preparing informational and promotional materials.
• Distributing informational and promotional materials.
• Establishing a record-keeping system.
• Establishing a telephone or other contact system.
• Assigning specific responsibilities to volunteers and monitoring their
activities.
• Enrolling interested individuals.
• Becoming familiar with the capacities of your members.
• Providing information or introductions among community members
with similar interests.

• Third, define a set of strategies and timelines for achieving the objectives.

Since your objectives encompass quite a bit of work, you will need to organize a time line
that realistically allows for all the steps to be completed. You must also strategize in order to
make the best and most effective use of the time your volunteers can contribute.

• Finally, construct some type of simple evaluation so you can gauge your effectiveness in
meeting your objectives.

Your evaluation does not need to be complex, but you do want to know if satisfactory
sharing exchanges or relationships were developed as a result of the information or
introduction you provided.

As you read through the following chapters, you'll get a more complete idea of the kinds of
objectives and strategies you'll need to formulate in order to develop a successful listing and
referral service.

Chapter Two - Initial Steps

7

A Community Building Workbook ©1998 Kretzmann & McKnight

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