Community Conversation #2

Conversation Two - Community members engage in a conversation around the Discovery Tool results and their implications.

  • Review the Discovery Tool results
  • Target the discussion around the characteristics

See preparation materials included in the agenda for the first meeting.

Welcome and Introductions
  • Ice Breaker - Ask all community members to share what motivated them to attend the 2nd meeting (could be done in small groups).
  • Review ground rules - Establishing ground rules will help productively guide the conversations. Share the suggested ground rules and ask for others:
    • Assume good intentions
    • Listen to understand
    • Participate fully
    • Balance participation
    • Focus on solutions

    Review Highlights from the first meeting

    Display collective flip charts from first meeting around the room - i.e., what they liked about community, strengths, values and the expect/like/love

    • Ask for additional information that needs to be added to the flip charts
    • Distribute summary of first session
    Discovery Tool Results

    Review the results quickly (15-20 minutes). Break into small groups around the following three questions:

    • What confirmed what you already knew?
    • What surprised you?
    • What do we need to know more about/Are there gaps in the data?
    Identify a facilitator/note taker for each table. Ask ideas to be captured on a piece of paper. Report back at each table question by question, one idea at a time.


Distribute these handouts:

  • The three questions listed above
  • The summary discovery tool results for each characteristic

Initial Priorities

At the first conversation, ways to strengthen each of the ECAP characteristics were identified. Considering the discovery tool results,

  • What additional things need to be considered in respect to the4 community's values and likes from session one?


The sheets from those conversations should be available through handouts and/or taped on the wall.

At the next conversation, we will begin prioritizing the characteristics. A few questions we should consider before we move forward:
  • Are there things that need to be considered before we prioritize and move forward?
    Note: This can be done in small groups with report backs or as a large group conversation depending on time available and number of people.
  • To get an idea on your priorities, which characteristics do you feel are the most important to strengthen?
    Note: There are several ways to have this conversation. You can have a small group or large group conversation. Or, you can give each person three dots. Ask each person to put a dot on the three characteristics on which the community should focus. Add up the numbers and have the following conversation that creates opportunity for feedback.
  • How do these potential priorities fit into a longer term vision for the community?
  • How do we engage a broader group of people for support?


Document the responses from those participating. Encourage participants to attend future sessions and to ask others in the community their thoughts on the priorities.

At the Next Meeting:
  • Continue discussion on setting priorities
  • Begin to identify initial characteristic priorities


Debrief with the steering team following the session. Distribute a summary of the session before the next meeting.