Cross-Cutting workgroups increase the impact of other workgroups through intensive focus and expertise.

KConnect has four cross-cutting workgroups that act as content experts in their respective fields. These workgroups dive deep to answer questions from the core workgroups as they develop strategies to address disparities.

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Data & Capacity

Goal: Develop data capabilities of workgroups and partner organizations so that continuous improvement through data is a part of every workgroup and partner’s DNA.

This workgroup provides data support to the other workgroups and to the overall initiative and interpreting data on an ongoing basis. This group also develops strategies to provide data support and coaching to individual partner organizations.

Group reviewing housing data
Personas at a gallery walk

Community Engagement

Goal: Authentically engage all sectors in the community to deeply understand the community’s needs and aspirations and translate those perspectives into responsive strategies. The committee will also ensure that the numerous sectors in the community are consistently involved in the initiative’s decision-making. Lastly, the committee will communicate the goals of the initiative to the various parts of the community.

Equity & Inclusion

Goal: Develop an overall framework for how the initiative can create strategies that address the needs of all groups, but that pay particular attention to marginal groups.

In addition, this workgroup consults with other workgroups on how best to implement strategies that are both “universal” and “targeted.” Members of this group begin with a deep understanding of applied Targeted Universalism, and serve as subject matter experts for these strategies.

Participant in KConnect gallery walk
Writing at a table

Policy & Advocacy

Goal: Educate and advocate for policies, resources, and practices that can strengthen the political will to pass, implement, and sustain effective long-term solutions that are aligned to the goals of the initiative.

Core Workgroup Partners

Arbor CircleGrand Rapids Public SchoolsKennari ConsultingSpectrum Health: Strong Beginnings
Calvin University Center for Social ResearchGrand Rapids Urban LeagueKent County Health DepartmentStart Garden
Community Data and Research LabGrand Valley State UniversityKent Intermediate School DistrictThe Refugee Education Center
Grand Rapids Community CollegeGreat Lakes Health ConnectMercantile BankThe Right Place
Grand Rapids Community FoundationHealthNet of West MichiganMichigan Department of EducationWest Michigan Center for Arts + Technology
Grand Rapids Public LibraryInclusive Performance StrategiesPine Rest CMHSWest Michigan Partnership for Children
Wyoming Public Schools