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Title: NRDP Success Stories


1
NRDP Success Stories
  • Presentation to NRDP by Ella Ennis and Dave Barr,
    NPO
  • NRDP Conference
  • June 2, 2003

2
Success StoriesWhy Do We Need Stories?
  • Success Stories show the RESULTS of SRDCs in
    their state and beyond
  • Success Stories are how we PROVE to funders that
    SRDCs are WORTH funding
  • SRDC UniquenessHigh WorthHigh Sustained
  • Success Stories are a RECORD of SRDC activities
  • Success Stories are EXAMPLES of potential work
    for other SRDCs as well as solutions for others
    in similar situations

3
Success Story Process
  • Biannual collection (in the past 6 stories per
    year, minimum of 2 stories in 2003)
  • Rough draft written
  • NPO/SciComm collection
  • Editing (NPO, SciComm, SRDCs working TOGETHER)
  • Final draft
  • Distribution
  • Legislative briefings, web page, NRDP Update,
    Brochures, Annual Reports, Newsletters, news
    releases

4
Success Story Writing Process
  • Topic Choice
  • Topics should be
  • Chosen from work plan priorities
  • Relative to mission of Council
  • Able to demonstrate the Impact of Council work
  • Not a recycled story
  • i.e. 3rd, 4th, and 5th Annual Conference
  • Initial Draft
  • Follow SciComm/NPO Instructions
  • Revisions
  • Final Draft
  • Upload to Web and Distribution

5
Success Story Marketing Venues
  • Well written success stories are transferable to
  • Written/Broadcast Press Releases
  • Newsletters
  • Web pages
  • Annual Reports
  • Brochures
  • Meeting Handouts

6
Okay, So Whats WRONG with my Success Stories
  • There are NO bad success stories, just stories
    that could use some improvement
  • 3 Major Problem Areas with currently submitted
    success stories
  • Unclear description of the Purpose
  • WHAT HAPPENED?
  • Unclear description of Partners SRDCs Roles
  • WHO DID WHAT and WHY?
  • Unclear description of the Outcome,
  • WHAT WAS THE IMPACT?
  • WHAT CHANGED or IMPROVED?

7
Elements of a Success Story
  • Title for the Story
  • Problem, Need or Possible Opportunity
  • Purpose and Point (what and why)
  • Partners Participation (who contributed, how
    cooperation, coordination or collaboration)
  • Process and Progress (how work was accomplished
    how its going)
  • Products, Programs or Policy Highpoints
  • Passion, Pride
  • Perceptions and Possibilities

8
Crafting the StoryTell em, Tell em, Tell em
  • Title Tell em the major point of the story!
  • Introduction Tell em what theyre about to
    read!
  • Body Tell em the details!
  • Conclusion Tell em a summary of the progress or
    outcome!
  • Highlights Tell em a quick recap of the
    accomplishments!

9
MT-RDP COORDINATES RESOURCE TEAM ASSESSMENTS FOR
THREE RURAL COMMUNITIES
  • The Montana Rural Development Partners (MT-RDP)
    recently coordinated teams and communities for
    Resource Team Assessments. Polson, Forsyth, and
    Conrad have recently completed MT-RDP
    assessments. So far, this brings the count of
    completed Resource Team Assessments in rural
    Montana to six, with a seventh team ready to
    visit Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation in November
    2002.

10
MT-RDP COORDINATES RESOURCE TEAM ASSESSMENTS FOR
THREE RURAL COMMUNITIES
  • Team members include MT Department of Commerce,
    MT USDA/RD, Larry Keown Associates, MT Department
    of Agriculture, MT Department of Natural
    Resources and Conservation, HUD, Northwestern
    Energy, Bear Paw Development, and North Central
    RCD.
  • As word spread across Montana of the value of the
    Resource Team Assessment process, many
    communities requested an MT-RDP team visit. As a
    precursor to the assessment, Executive Director
    Gene Vuckovich visited each community to review
    the assessment process and set dates for a team
    visit. The Council organized teams for each
    community by drawing on a pool of trained team
    members.

11
MT-RDP COORDINATES RESOURCE TEAM ASSESSMENTS FOR
THREE RURAL COMMUNITIES
  • Each assessment community is in a different phase
    of completion. Cut Bank, MT-RDPs first Resource
    Team Assessment, is in the planning stages for a
    follow-up visit from the team to determine what
    has been accomplished. Currently, reports are
    being written for Polson, Forsyth, and Conrad
    that will be shared with the community during a
    town meeting.
  • There is total agreement among all of the team
    members that the MT-RDP Resource Team Assessment
    process is a valuable benefit for everyone
    involved. The community finds new strength,
    enthusiasm, and resources while the team members
    are able to promote and educate the public on
    their programs.

12
MT-RDP COORDINATES RESOURCE TEAM ASSESSMENTS FOR
THREE RURAL COMMUNITIES
  • Highlights
  • Coordinated Resource Team Assessment for three
    rural towns.

13
IRDC REPRESENTATIVES VISIT FOWLER, INDIANA
  • As part of the Indiana Rural Development
    Councils (IRDC) Community Visitation program, 12
    IRDC representatives traveled to Fowler, Indiana,
    in early June 1999. The Visit Team met with 10
    groups that included local officials and citizens
    and represented a cross-section of the community.
  • Through IRDC's facilitated discussions, Fowler
    residents' opinions about their community emerged
    and key problems and resource needs were
    identified. Community strengths and weaknesses,
    future goals, and possible action steps were
    among the topics discussed during the meetings.
    "We appreciate the IRDC team's leadership efforts
    in Fowler," said Jay Davis, Fowler's Town Council
    President.

14
IRDC REPRESENTATIVES VISIT FOWLER, INDIANA
  • IRDC will draft a report for the community that
    summarizes points discussed during the visit and
    lists resources available to Fowler to initiate
    action on any of the issues. Community leaders
    can use this report as the basis for an action
    plan and as a tool to encourage further
    discussion in the community. "It is the first
    step toward some much-needed improvements in our
    rural communities," noted one resource provider.
  • This is the second year IRDC has offered the
    Community Visitation program, which allows local
    communities to meet with IRDC resource providers
    in an informal, open setting. Selection of cities
    to be visited is based on need, past efforts, and
    community involvement.

15
IRDC REPRESENTATIVES VISIT FOWLER, INDIANA
  • "As a pilot project last year, the Community
    Visitation Task Force determined that needs of
    rural communities differ greatly," said
    Scottsburg Mayor and IRDC Chairman Bill Graham.
    "This program allows IRDC members the opportunity
    to understand the challenges facing one rural
    community while providing local leaders with a
    resource for action."
  • The visit to Fowler was the first of four
    scheduled in 1999. The towns of Borden,
    Otterbein, and West Baden also were selected for
    visits this year.

16
IRDC REPRESENTATIVES VISIT FOWLER, INDIANA
  • Highlights
  • Sent a 12-member visit team to Fowler, IN to
    discuss the communitys strengths and weaknesses,
    future goals, and possible action steps.
  • Will visit Fowler three additional times in 1999,
    to complete a four-visit schedule.
  • Will draft a report that summarizes the
    discussions that can be used to develop an action
    plan.

17
Final Thoughts
  • Council work is IMPORTANT and merits telling the
    story
  • All people respond well to a good STORY
  • Success Stories are one way to show SRDC success
    to
  • Congress
  • Existing and Potential Funders
  • Existing and Potential Partners
  • The Public
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