The Main Challenge
The Cure Violence organization has been very successful in articulating and testing the innovative approach to interrupting the spread of violence throughout cites across the US. As the organization grows, and stretches so does the need for more systemic practices in the areas of learning, professionalizing and support.
Partners in the endeavor
• Support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
• Reos Partners
Who is Cure Violence?
An organization that believes that violence is a health issue. That as a health issues it can be cured by using the same three components used to reverse epidemic disease outbreaks; Interrupting the transmission of the disease, reducing the risk of the highest risk and by changing community norms.
Spaces for change in partnership with Reos partners and the cure violence stakeholders , will first support the organization in creating a space/ environment where alignment and a shared “systemic” understanding across the organization exist. Investing the time to develop a shared understanding of the current reality and the desired outcomes across the organization, creates clarity around what needs to be done and therefore how the organization needs to change. Giving this space for a range of perspectives to be taken into account develops a more resilient, holistic and widely owned plan.
The second is to facilitate learning from a broad range of individuals and organizations outside the normal CV network. Developing a “learning culture” within the organization is one of the most efficient ways to build the capacity for innovation and change. The key is for the staff to realize that the organization can shift quickly by learning from other’s experience.
The final contribution is to provide and new tools, skills and processes and to create the opportunities for practice.
From discussions to date few areas of potential focus include:
• Building the skills and process knowledge to support greater innovation within CV, including building
• Building the skills to work with “rapid cycle-prototyping” for new ideas and approaches
• Designing and refining a “business model” that supports the sustainable scaling of the processes, practices and models that CV are using.
• Deepen understanding of tools and approaches to foster greater collaboration within the organization and between CV and key stakeholders.
• An in person on site kick-off gathering with the RWJF, CV and Reos Partners and Spaces for change.
• Confidential dialogue interviews with members of the Cure Violence team, their partners, a representative selection of the people they have helped, as well as advocates and detractors of the work.
• An in person and off-site Foundation Workshop to launch the work.
• 2-day Learning Journeys to meet with key thinkers and innovative organizations that have insights relevant to the evolution of CV and it’s mission.
• Learning Journey debrief to develop implications and take-aways (both personally and organizationally) from the experiences of the Learning Journeys and to plan next steps.
• The precise activities will depend on the work that needs to be done. The Reos Partners team will support the organization in various way including but not limited to coaching the CV team, designing and running meetings for the organization, working with CV and their Partners to develop new approaches to delivering the work, developing scaling strategies, capacity building for members of the CV team and designing and developing processes for the organization. We imagine there will be a 1-day workshop in the middle of the process and an event at the end of the 9-month period.