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The Ripple Effect in Action: What 7 Parent Leadership Organizations Learned from Participatory Evaluation

 

What if every community had access to a high-quality initiative that developed parents as leaders, advocates, and organizers? Would parents become a vital constituency for greater opportunities for children, families, and communities? How would our democratic system, our institutions, and our policies be more equitable?

The Ripple Effect in Action: What 7 Parent Leadership Organizations Learned from Participatory Evaluation reveals deep insights and important lessons about cultivating leaders to advocate for a more equitable future for children. These teams of parent leaders and organization staff evaluated their own programs with support from Dialogues in Action and NYU Metro Center. Not only did this process honor the unique context and culture of each organization, it also inspired them to use data for reflection and action.

This publication also illuminates dynamic parent leaders–many from diverse and low-income communities–that led successful campaigns resulting in increased funding for early childhood programs; new model zoning rules; a raise in minimum wages; and the passage of our nations’ first ballot initiative regarding access to affordable childcare.

Visit The Ripple Effect in Action webpage to purchase the book, download a PDF or summary, and find out more about the Parent Leadership Indicators Project.