We are proud to announce the launch of Learning from What Goes Well: A capacity building collaboration to support communities experiencing violence and oppression. The project is a partnership of seven organizations–the Full Frame Initiative, Alliance for Community Transformation, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence, Casa de Esperanza/National Latin@ Network, Empower Yolo, Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, and Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles–and is made possible by a grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation.
Learning from What Goes Well springs from a recommendation made in FFI’s report How Do Survivors Define Success? The report put forth findings indicating that focusing on what goes well, identifying and building upon existing community- and family-level assets, and collaborating across fields are strategies that would make systems more survivor-centered and, ultimately, more effective. Learning from What Goes Well is a 15-month institute in which three cohorts from three communities in California will participate to build their abilities to identify and learn from assets and strengths. The institute will support the cohorts to apply new strengths-based approaches and tools as part of their efforts to change systems in ways that will increase access to or the quality of supports for domestic violence survivors in their communities who face other forms of violence or oppression.
The selection of cohorts to participate in the institute will take place over the summer, as will the hiring of a What Goes Well Project Manager. For more information about this or any other aspects of the project, please contact Anna Melbin.