Opportunity: Projects Discussions & Workshop

Hello, Network friends!

Join us to continue some of the work and discussions we started at Brigade Congress! What do CfA Network projects look like? What’s the next step of my project? How should my Brigade decide which projects to work on? Letʻs dive in to test out some shared terminology and a shared approach to Code for America Network projects. Out of this experience, we hope to have an evaluation and framework for Network projects.

We will meet on Nov 16 and Dec 7. There are a series of activities we need you to complete before each meeting for us all to workshop the process appropriately. We expect ~3.5 hours of pre-work over the next couple weeks before the Nov 16 meeting, and another ~2 hours of pre-work in the 3 weeks before the Dec 7 meeting.

If you would like to join the workshop cohort, please email skim@codeforamerica.org to be added to the calendar invites and email list.

Synchronous Meetings

We will meet Wednesday, November 16 and Wednesday, December 7 at 3-4:30pm PST.

November 16:

Collaborative working session using Maʻawe Pono methodology as a basis for building:

  • A project evaluation framework and
  • Shared language on project development lifecycle.

We will use concrete examples of Broadband and CourtBot (and whatever projects you decide to bring into the conversation) to create the frameworks.

December 7:

Working session to evaluate the efficacy of Maʻawe Pono methodology for the Network at large - to ensure shared language and project phase understanding

Pre-work info

Feel free to do any additional activities in the Maʻawe Pono course, but please spend the time to complete the sections outlined below. For each lesson: First read the pdf, then go through the Kilo slides and do the reflection in your community. Consider how the concepts in the pdf apply in your community and in civic tech.

Proposed timing: Consider spending 30 minutes on the reading and connecting the reading content to your community and volunteer work; 15 minutes on the Kilo and an additional 20 minutes on the Kilo reflection. Please complete the sections in Lesson 1-3 below before our Nov 16 meeting. Then, complete the remaining sections before the Dec 7 meeting.

If you cannot complete sections in Lessons 1-3 before 11/16, please at least complete the reading and Kilo for Lesson 3.

Note: You will need to register for the Ma’awe Pono course in order to access the lesson sessions listed below.

Complete these sections by 11/16 working session:

Lesson 1:

  • Read Maʻawe pono part 1
  • Go through the Kilo - Hawaiian Observation slides and activity

Lesson 2:

  • Read Maʻawe pono part 2
  • Kilo - Observing The People In Your Community

Lesson 3:

  • Read Maʻawe pono part 3
  • Kilo - Observing Local Issues Within Your Community

Complete these sections by 12/7 working session:

Lesson 4:

  • Read Maʻawe pono part 4
  • Kilo - Observing Environmental Issues Within Your Community

Lesson 5:

  • Watch the “Planning Long-term Goals” video
  • Kilo - Observation Using Multiple Senses