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.
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. Visit the Data Dashboard to learn more about our metrics.
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.
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.
Cross-Cutting Workgroup Partners
|Community Data and Research Lab||DataWise||Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.|
|Family Promise of Grand Rapids||First Steps Kent||Grand Rapids Public Schools|
|Grand Rapids Urban League||Grand Valley State University||Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities|
|Heart of West Michigan United Way||Hispanic Center of West Michigan||Kennari Consulting|
|Kent Intermediate School District||Michigan Department of Education||Mindset Meals|
|PNC Bank||Side Strategies||Spectrum Health|
|STEM Greenhouse||The Right Place||West Michigan Partnership for Children|
|West Michigan Works!v|