CAN Initiatives

Work Plan 2014

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CAN is a partnership of governmental, non-profit, private and faith-based organizations which leverage mutual resources to collectively improve social, health, educational and economic opportunities in our community.

Each year, CAN and its partners review how our community is doing through the lens of the Community Dashboard and the Strategic Framework for Action. The following Work Plan was developed with feedback from CAN’s 2012 and 2013Policy Forums, Community Council forums, Board of Directors, and work groups.

Enhance Community Awareness - Ongoing Activities
Equity & Opportunity:
  • Enhance awareness of community issues related to CAN's vision of a community of equity & opportunity.
  • Promote opportunities to work across jurisdictions to move toward a common vision and to move the Community Dashboard indicators in the right direction.
  • Enhance awareness of existing commitments and efforts to move indicators in the right direction.
CAN Board of Directors

The CAN Board of Directors will follow-up on the 2013 policy forum and implementation of CAN’s work plan. Meeting topics will include:

  • the state of the safety net,
  • developing our human capital,
  • balancing growth & affordability,
  • cultural competency, diversity & inclusion, and
  • vulnerable populations.

Deliverables: 10 meetings

CAN Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will guide coordination of CAN’s operations and help plan CAN’s 2014 Strategic Planning Retreat in October 2014.

Deliverables: 10 meetings; retreat

Community Council Forums

The CAN Community Council will focus on deepening CAN’s understanding of vulnerable populations: African Americans, Hispanics & Asians; aging; immigrants; people with criminal histories; people with disabilities; veterans; and children & youth.

Deliverables: 8 forums, recommendations to Board.

Community Dashboard

CAN will release its fourth annual Community Dashboard Report and update the on-line dashboard and drill-downs. Furthermore, new indicator data will be shared in CANews and drill-downs on vulnerable populations will be developed.

Deliverable: Dashboard report; updated on-line Dashboard and drill-downs; and creation of drill-downs on vulnerable populations.

Expand Circle of Influence through Social Media & Presentations

CAN will continue implementation of its communications plan and enhance awareness of issues and efforts through the CAN websites, CANews e-mail newsletters, twitter, and other social media tools. CAN will also conduct a satisfaction survey to evaluate the value of information shared and CAN’s effectiveness.

Deliverables: Monthly CANews, weekly Twitter, monthly presentations, website updated weekly with new research, and CAN Stakeholder Survey.

Celebrate Successes

Produce Annual Report with key accomplishments and coordinate 2014 Butler Awards.

Deliverables: on-line annual report with key accomplishments for 2013 and end of year celebration event honoring Butler Award winners with 2014 accomplishments highlighted.


Connect, Convene and Inform Toward Collaborative Action
We are safe, just & engaged
  • Promote civic engagement
  • Promote cultural competency, diversity, inclusion
  • Enhance awareness of how to recognize & address systemic disproportionality
Update “Together we CAN” Online Civic Action Tool

Continue to work with Leadership Austin and issue experts to update and share on-line civic action tool.

Deliverables: Updated tool, increased number of users (website hits).

Community Engagement and Place-Based Planning Work Group

Convene Community Engagement and Place-Based Planning Work Group comprised of community engagement professionals, planners, and neighborhood leaders to share information about place-based planning efforts, identify resources to enhance neighborhood planning efforts, and identify promising practices to engage and train grassroots leaders and community members. Group will plan forum for November 2014 that will showcase promising practices and local success stories.

Desired Outcomes: Bi-monthly meetings; forum that enhances awareness of resources and promising practices that can inform and connect community planning efforts (survey of participants).

Cultural Competency, Diversity, and Inclusion (CCDI)

Building on the Special Leadership Meeting, CAN will convene the Cultural Competency, Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) Work Group to determine platforms to continue the conversation on issues of disproportionality and the importance of building a community that is more culturally competent, embraces diversity and is inclusive. Continue to promote and develop on-line toolkit by gathering feedback from Board on the toolkit’s design and structure. Assist CAN partners in assessing their organizations. Consider available resources (e.g. Seton’s Language Services Resource Center 1115 waiver project, SAHELI community interpreter program, available training) and develop recommendations for creating a community resource hub for interpreter translation services and training for the community.

Desired Outcomes: Enhance awareness of toolkit (on-line hits), increase number of CAN Partners that use toolkit and assess organizations (survey), and develop recommendation for hub of interpreter/translation and training resources.

Our basic needs are met
  • Enhance awareness of the state of the safety net
  • Support local efforts to enhance food security
State of the Safety Net

Share analysis of demographic trends and their impact on the state of the safety net. Convene quarterly forums to share identified barriers and efforts to address them. Safety net issues include: basic needs (housing, transportation, utilities, food), basic skills development, healthcare (including mental health and substance abuse), child care, supportive services for independent living, legal services, and financial education/support.

Desired Outcome: Through quarterly community forums enhance awareness of barriers to safety net services and efforts to address barriers (survey at forums).

Food Security

Create drill-down on Dashboard (if Board approves indicator). Support implementation of CHIP Access to Healthy Foods Plan. Work with ATCHHSD, Texas Hunger Initiative, Sustainable Food Policy Board, and other community stakeholders to review assets mapped and consider strategies for maximizing enrollment in food assistance programs.

Desired outcome: Enhance awareness of assets and opportunities to leverage resources in support of CHIP implementation (report due to ATCHHSD in June 2014).

We are healthy
  • Promote coordination of prevention and intervention efforts
Inventory of Prevention & Intervention Efforts with Focus on Well-being of Children & Youth

Work with ReadyBy21, Trauma Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas, Children’s Optimal Health and Texans Care for Children to conduct inventory of local prevention and intervention service providers and identify the following: adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or risky behaviors that each program addresses, funding sources, populations served, service provision locations, methods used to assess ACEs and risk factors, and methods used to track prevention or intervention efforts and outcomes.

Desired Outcome: Enhance awareness of prevention efforts (measured by survey of coalition members participating in informational meeting about inventory findings).

We achieve our full potential
  • Promote development of our human capital
Youth Development

Provide critical research support to the ReadyBy21 Coalition to update RB21 Dashboard.

Desired Outcome: Updated ReadyBy21 Dashboard by December 2014.

Higher Education Student Persistence

Research issues and resources related to persistence of students in higher education. Create on-line Dashboard drill-down. Convene higher education institutions to identify barriers and opportunities to students successfully completing higher education programs.

Desired Outcome: Connect and enhance awareness of resources and promising practices among higher education student support professionals (survey of work group participants).

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CAN Partners
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin Community College
Austin Independent School District
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Capital Metro
Central Health
City of Austin
City of Pflugerville
Community Justice Council
Del Valle ISD
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Huston-Tillotson University
Interfaith Action Central Texas (iACT)
Manor ISD
One Voice Central Texas
Seton Healthcare Family
St. David's Foundation
St. Edward's University
Travis County
United Way for Greater Austin
University of Texas at Austin
Workforce Solutions – Capital Area
Vanessa Sarria,
CAN Executive Director
(512) 470-7316
www.canatx.org