How We’re Working Together
A key lesson The California Endowment picked up from other place-based community change initiatives is the importance of creating a Hub, or a group of individuals who come together to guide the effort at each site while the initiative is underway. As a result, in each of the fourteen BHC communities, there is a Hub that coordinates and supports the multitude of activities on the ground. The diagram below shows the Hub structure and function.
The California Endowment provides full funding for each Hub, including a Hub Manager (not to be confused with the Program Manager) located at a Hub Host organization, a Communications Coordinator, a Learning and Evaluation Coordinator, and general coordination support. Each Hub also has a steering committee that guides the Hub Manager’s key decisions, engages in hub planning and strategic direction setting, and resolves issues that surface within the Hub.
The TCE Program Manager is embedded in the community and works in close partnership with the site Hub Manager, grantees, and other stakeholders to work out strategies for implementing the site’s action plan. The embedded Program Manager is both knowledgeable of and directly accountable to the community where he or she works. Program Managers work as partners, mediators, advocates, grantmakers, and so much more.
Finally, the sites are provided with technical assistance and training from a network of TCE contractors as well as special resources for strategic communications and evaluation.
The importance of the Hub and embedded Program Manager cannot be understated. Rather than learning of problems through the filter of an intermediary, the Hub and Program Managers experience them in real time and work with The California Endowment and our partners to quickly resolve issues as they arise.The Hub