Thursday, December 2, 2010

Closer Look: Conference Attendees, Evaluation & Impact

It has been nearly two weeks since the November 19, 2010 Tutor/Mentor Leadership & Networking Conference, and we have continued to hear positive feedback from conference participants about how much they valued the event.

Yesterday, for instance, I received an email from Toinette Gunn, Executive Director of Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids (PEAK), who led a workshop entitled "Parental Power: Unlocking the Key to Successful Program Outcomes". As she said in her email,
"I just wanted to let you know that I’ve had 4-5 people reach out to me since the presentation to ask to meet with me or get more information." As this demonstrates, the conferences helps people who wouldn't normally connect share information and collaborate on goals that cross organizations.

These graphs display results of conference evaluations we asked attendees to submit at the
end of the day. Based on the positive responses (100% of those who took the survey reported that they learned new things that they can apply to their own programs!), it seems that the conference continues to be a valuable resource for organizations throughout Chicago and the Midwest.

Of course, these surveys are not able to capture what may happen as a result of the
conference. With more people connected to one another and sharing ideas, it is exciting to think of how tutor/mentor programs all over the greater Chicago area might benefit. Looking through the list of conference attendees, I have to wonder how many of the programs are running into financial difficulty at the end of this year. I know from Tutor/Mentor Connection and Cabrini Connections just how challenging the recession has been on small non-profits.

My thoughts are with each program as they
finish the year and move into 2011. I hope every program is able to continue their important work with Chicago-area youth.

1 comment:

  1. As readers review Karina's report about the November 2010 conference, I encourage you to also look at the Network Analysis maps being created by Kalyani Misra, a T/MC volunteer

    These illustrate the role of the T/MC as an intermediary and network builder. The conference is part of the strategy.

    Because of lack of funding for planning and hosting the May and November conferences, T/MC will not be planning a May 2011 face-to-face event....unless we can find at minimum of $25,000 in donations dedicated to the T/MC and the May conference by the end of January 2011.

    If you can help call 312-492-9614