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NOVEMBER 9 MEETING: 

COLLECTIVE IMPACT 


The program for our November 9 membership meeting continued the theme of exploring impact—this time Collective Impact. Lauren Maddox, Due East Partners and AAWGT member, and Alli Holstrom, AACO Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, presented an engaging and inspiring overview of this approach to making large-scale change. Lauren explained the key elements of Collective Impact, which include a common agenda, shared measurement systems, backbone support, continuous communications, and mutually reinforcing activities. What makes Collective Impact so different and so powerful is the alignment of multiple change efforts across a variety of sectors seeking impact at the population level. Creative thinking, finding common ground, engaging in reciprocal and collaborative working relationships, and using data to drive the work all contribute to the success of Collective Impact.  Lauren encouraged anyone interested in learning more about collective impact to read a 2011 article in Stanford Social Innovation Review by John Kania and Mark Kramer.   

She then took us through a case study on improving education outcomes to illustrate how Collective Impact works on a national level.  Lauren emphasized the critical importance of a backbone organization that guides vision, strategy, and activities, establishes shared measurement systems, builds public will, advances policies, and mobilizes funding.

Alli then explored the Results Scorecard and Results Based Accountability which are methods of setting goals, and then working backwards to develop data-driven, concrete actions to achieve those goals. She described the difference between population accountability which looks, for example at city, state, national outcomes and performance accountability which examines how a program, agency, or service system is functioning.

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 community plan for collective impact 2017-2020

The June 8th meeting at Anne Arundel Community College featured Dr. Pam Brown’s presentation on Anne Arundel County’s Community Plan for Collective Impact (CPCI). Over 100 people were registered, 50% of whom were guests.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Pam Brown, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, presented the “2016 Poverty Amidst Plenty” report. Unlike Dr. Brown’s fall presentation, this presentation included a sense of optimism based on the collection of extensive data on needs and services and the development of strategies to address needs. 

The Community Plan for Collective Impact is lead by:

  • Governor Hogan’s vision for the State,
  • County Executive Steve Schuh’s vision for Anne Arundel County, and
  • Anne Arundel Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (AAPCYF), one of 24 local management boards across Maryland. It is completely self-funded, receiving no financial support from the County.  AAPCYF is a co-author of “Poverty Amidst Plenty”, a report sponsored by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. 

The directive for the Community Plan is to identify the needs, determine the resources and gaps, and build on existing momentum to craft solutions.   The focus of the Plan is population-based: hungry children, disconnected youth, impact of incarceration and homeless youth 16 - 24 years old. 

No single area of the community is a “shining star.”  Glen Burnie East and West and Brooklyn were assessed to have needs in every category. Annapolis is the only area of the County where all services are offered. 

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Why do our members join?



AAWGT's annual Spring Open House on April 6 started with social time, lovely food, and conversation at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street.

Mary Grace Folwell welcomed everyone with her natural humor and enthusiasm.  She acknowledged the new members and guests attending and offered each the opportunity to introduce themselves.  The evening's seven speakers shared thoughts about why they joined and their feelings about AAWGT.  Three common threads quickly emerged: giving back, getting involved, and wanting to know local like-minded women.  It was agreed, "We aspire to seek and support initiatives that help women and children in Anne Arundel County."

Photo: Kate Fritz 


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October 19 MEETING: 

heroin and opioid addiction

Heroin and opioid addiction was the topic for AAWGT’s general education meeting on October 19 at the Mt. Olive Community Life Center. A first-class panel and performing arts group helped the 80 guests understand the depth and breadth of this escalating problem in Anne Arundel County and across the country.

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