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Building a Neighborhood-based Culture of Learning: Evaluating Progress of the East Side Learning Collaborative.

Rana, Sheetal

This evaluation aimed at understanding two important areas related to the establishment and functioning of the East Side Learning Collaborative (ESLC): (1) environment, membership characteristics, structure of the ESLC, and other factors that influence the success of the collaborative, and (2) the process and outcomes of the ESLC, including the accomplishments and challenges. The ESLC is a network of over 25 organizations and residents of the Dayton's Bluff and Payne Phalen neighborhoods in Saint Paul. Stakeholders from East Side Saint Paul came together in the ESLC and set the following vision for Payne Phalen and Dayton's Bluff neighborhoods: People of all ages are positive, responsible, contributing partners who know they belong; guide and support all our children; and who work together to create and sustain quality opportunities for young people to learn, grow, and lead. Data for this evaluation were collected using 12 in-depth interviews, six with ESLC members and six with participants of the two professional development groups. The interview participants were selected using purposeful sampling and included members who were actively involved in the ESLC and the professional development groups. Data were also collected using an on-line survey. Twenty-seven ESLC members responded to the survey. In addition, a focus group was conducted with the ESLC members. The ESLC's evaluation matrix guided the data analysis.

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Prepared in partnership with the East Side Learning Collaborative. Funded by a Communiversity Personnel Grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
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