Building Community Capacity to Support Families. Jay A. Mancini The University of Georgia Our Nation’s Hidden Victims: National Conference on Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons Atlanta, Georgia, September 2014. Acknowledgements. Neila Grimsley , The University of Georgia
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Building Community Capacity to Support Families
Jay A. Mancini
The University of Georgia
Our Nation’s Hidden Victims: National Conference on Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons
Atlanta, Georgia, September 2014
The Four Elements of Community Resilience
Stories that Comprise the Story
Two Stories In the News, October 14, 2012
Lost and Found
Building Healthy Communities
Cameron Park, TX
Building Healthy Communities
Nevada Co., CA community meltdown
*Mancini, J.A., Nelson, J.P., Bowen, G.L., & Martin, J.A. (2006). Preventing intimate partner violence: A community capacity approach. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 13 (3/4), 203-227.
Assumptions About Communities
Places, Texts, & Meaning: Contexts Matter*
*Philip Sheldrake (2001). Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory and Identity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Transitions &Transformation: Contexts Matter
Elevating Shared Responsibility and Collective Competence
40 Years of Research and Program Development on Communities
University of Georgia Police Department
September 19, 2014
Chief Jimmy Williamson - University of Georgia Police Department
At approximately 11:35 a.m. the University of Georgia Police Department received several reports from individuals that a threat of violence directed towards the area of the Miller Learning Center around noon time had been disseminated through a social media outlet. We would like to applaud these individuals for immediately contacting law enforcement so that a quick response could be coordinated for the benefit of everyone in the area. Based on the information received, the threat was perceived as credible. Police officers were dispatched to the area and were pre-positioned in order to respond if needed. The UGA Alert system was activated initially at 12:05 p.m. informing the community that a threat had been received and to avoid the area, with the message being repeated at 12:08 p.m. The Miller Learning Center was evacuated and completely searched. A secondary UGA Alert was issued at 12:52 p.m. informing the community that the situation was still under investigation and to avoid the area. At 1:08 p.m. the all clear alert was sent through the UGA Alert system. University of Georgia Police Department personnel are actively investigating the incident at this time. If anyone has any information that may be related to the this incident, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200 as soon as possible. We would also like to thank everyone in the community that assisted in the response to this incident.
*Mancini, J.A., Bowen, G.L., & Martin, J.A. (2005). Community social organization: A conceptual linchpin in examining families in the context of communities. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, 54 (4), 570-582. Adapted.
Social Organization: Community Capacity
* Mancini, J.A., Martin, J.A., & Bowen, G. (2003). Community capacity. In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (pp. 319-331). New York: Plenum.
*Mancini, J.A., & Bowen, G.L. (2009). Community resilience: A social organizational theory of action and change. In J. Mancini & K. Roberto (Eds.), Pathways of human development: Explorations of change. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
Contributes the power of interpersonal relationships to the mix
*Cohen, S., Underwood, L.G., & Gottlieb, B.H. (2000). Social support measurement and intervention: A guide for health and social scientists. NY: Oxford.
(Weiss, 1974; Russell & Cutrona, 1984; Mancini & Blieszner, 1992)
*Small, S, & Supple, A. (2001). Communities as systems: Is a community more than the sum of its parts? In A. Booth & A.C. Crouter (Eds.), Does it take a village? Community effects on children, adolescents, and families (pp. 161-174). NJ: Erlbaum Publishers.
Working Toward Results that Make a Difference
The Landscape “at the end of the day”
*Mancini, J.A., Huebner, A.J., McCollum, E., & Marek, L.I. (2005). Evaluation science and family therapy. In D. Sprenkle & F. Piercy (Eds.), Research methods in family therapy (pp. 272-293). NY: Guilford.
Results-Focused Planning Steps
Characteristics of Results Focused Planning
Logic Model of Children and Divorce Seminar: A Program Example
Note: Monitoring and evaluation activities permeate all aspects of the logic model.
Shifting the Balance
Enhancing Resilience and Accounting for Vulnerabilities
Social Vulnerability: The Example of Disasters
*Morrow, B.H. (1999). Identifying and mapping community vulnerability. Disasters, 23 (1), 1-18.
Groups of people who may be more vulnerable:
Vulnerability, Resilience, & Resiliency
Characteristics of a Resilient Community
Norris, F.H., Stevens, S.P., Pfefferbaum, B., Wyche, K.F., & Pfefferbaum, R.L. (2008). Community resilience as a metaphor, theory, set of capacities, and strategy for disaster readiness. American Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 127-150.
Staying the Course
Sustaining Benefits to Individuals, Families, and Communities
Sustainability: A Matter of Responsibility
“We have a responsibility to our program recipients; they’ve had so many losses in their lives and for us to come in for a year or two or three and give them hope, only to have the program go away, we’ve just caused another loss and a further loss of hope in their lives” (Akerlund, 2000).
What is Sustainability?
The key element of sustainability is providing continued benefits, regardless of particular activities delivered or the way they are delivered. It is more important to sustain benefits to families and communities than to sustain program activities per se.
*Mancini, J.A., & Marek, L.I. (2004). Sustaining community-based programs for families: Conceptualization and measurement. Family Relations, 53, 339-347.
Visualizing Sustainability: Factors & Patterns
Staff Involvement and Integration
Understanding the Community
Demonstrating Program Results
Community Capacity-Building Elements
Jay A. Mancini
Jay A. Mancini is Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor at The University of Georgia, and director of the UGA Family and Community Resilience Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and of the World Demographic Association. He is the author, with Pauline Boss and Chalandra Bryant of, Family Stress Management (3rd edition, Sage Publishers, in press), and editor, with Karen Roberto of, Pathways of Human Development: Explorations of Change (Lexington, 2009). Dr. Mancini is the 2013 Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar at The University of Minnesota. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 706-542-4331.