Boston College will be facilitating a two-part participatory research series with the Housing & Education Learning Community on consecutive Wednesdays, April 7th and 14th, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.
Those who work with families on the day-to-day challenges of finding and remaining in housing see first-hand the connections between housing stability, healthy child development, and education. Whether you work directly with families or in program planning or leadership, you have important insights to contribute to our region’s shared understanding of the issues.
In this two-part session, facilitated by Boston College researchers, you will have the opportunity to participate in a model-building process. We will use a process called Community Based System Dynamics, a participatory approach for involving communities in examining the interconnectedness of issues. You will be asked to participate in hands-on, structured activities to diagram factors related to housing, child wellbeing, and education and how they interact. We will host virtual sessions using Zoom to support your safe participation. All learning community members are invited to attend both sessions -- all that is needed to is a computer and good internet connection.
When we are done, we will share back with you the insights we have gathered. This process will help you explore the core challenges of our field and identify opportunities for systems change. You can use this input to hone your practice with families or inform your program development, policy development, and more. The second session will build on the first – ideally you will attend both.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. By registering for this session, you consent to participate. Read the consent form at this URL: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q1CwgDCJPVXn8JVFPb0uHfdAC9q8WUWx/view?usp=sharing