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2016 Regions 8 & 10 Symposium

"It's not your father's Community Action Conference:

A Symposium presenting...New Research, New Ideas and New Partners"

April 27-28, 2016 in Portland, Oregon


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Symposium Agenda

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Wednesday, April 27

Keynote: Moving from Transactional to Transformational Services – BJ Walker, Director, State Government/Strategy and Operations Deloitte Consulting LLP

Panel: The nature, science and importance of innovation

Provocative Question #1: s it more important to get fewer people out of poverty than to provide a minimum amount of service to many?

  • Rand Clark, Community of Care Navigator, Denver, CO
  • Small groups

Theory of Change and Choosing How to Measure – A presentation on Region 10 Theory of Change and the Indicators Project for measuring success

  • Melissa Torgerson, Oregon State University
  • Bruce Webber, Ph.D., Oregon State University

Lunch: What would it take to cut poverty in half in the United States? – David Reimer, Senior Fellow at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Provocative Question #2: How would people in poverty benefit from getting direct cash transfers?

  • Multnomah County, Portland, OR
  • Small groups

Provocative Question #3: Is a child’s Zip Code more important than their genetic code in determining their health and success?

  • Larry Wallack, PhD, Professor of Public Health, College of Urban and Public affairs, Portland State University
  • Small groups

Thursday, April 28

Keynote: Social Determinants of Health – David Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Provocative Question #4: Is there a business model for poverty reduction? Examples: Pay for Success, Social Impact bonds, and other outcome based funding models.

  • Ian Galloway, Senior Research Associate and Oregon State, Community Development Field Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Small groups

Provocative Question #5: How can we dramatically reduce the cost of building affordable housing so we aren’t building it on the backs of poor people?

  • Rob Justus, Co-founder of Home First Development and Executive Director of CASH Oregon
  • Small groups

Lunch Speaker: Denise Harlow, Executive Director, National Community Action Partnership, Washington, D.C

Provocative Question #6: What is the benefit of addressing the stress from being poor and facing social inequity for getting out of poverty? (Executive functioning)

  • Reginald Richardson, Director, Office of Self-Sufficiency Programs, Dept. of Human Services, State of Oregon
  • Small groups

What are Foundations thinking about innovation?

  • Meyer Memorial Trust - Oregon
  • Crittenden Foundation - Regional
  • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
  • NW Area Foundation – Regional
  • SW Washington Foundation - Washington

Techniques for Making Change in Organizations and Programs

  • Panel of agency representatives from around Region 8 & 10, who will provide examples of how big changes were made in the direction of their organizations and what they learned.
  • Small groups to share experiences with change

Final reflections

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