Empowering Bisexual Community Through Data Driven Advocacy: Policy, Presentations, and Funding
Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016 Check-In & Registration: 8:30am-9am Time: 9am-4:15pm Location: Coffman Memorial Union Cost: $50 (Free to U of M students and registered 2016 BECAUSE conference attendees)
Description: This institute is designed to develop and expand the bi-specific advocacy skills of BECAUSE conference attendees, local LGBTQlA ally organizations, and LGBTQIA/academic research organizations seeking partnerships with bisexual organizations.
What do we know about the bisexual community and how do we use research to empower the community? In the morning, learn about some of the latest data we have about the bi+ community and how community organizations can partner with academic and research organizations to learn more. In the afternoon, learn how to put that information to use in grant writing, public policy advocacy, and educational presentations.
8:30am - 9:00am Registration 9:00am - 10:30am The State of the Data: Learning about Bi+ Disparities 10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break 1 10:45am - 12:00pm Creating Bi+ Data Partnerships 101 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (on your own) 1:00pm - 1:45pm Using Bi+ Data to Secure Grant Funding 1:45pm - 4:15pm* Hands-On Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Bi+ Policy Advocacy Track 2: Best Practices for Creating and Marketing Data-Driven, Revenue-Generating Presentations to Sustain Your Bi+ Organization
*Coffee Break 2 will be from 2:45-3:00
Tentative Schedule (Expanded)
9:00am-10:30am: The State of the Data: Learning about Bi+ Disparities This session presents an overview of the data describing the health, economic, and funding disparities facing bi+ people and communities. Data sources will include the Rainbow Health Initiative, the University of Minnesota, the Williams Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and more.
10:30am-10:45am: Coffee break 1 (on your own)
10:45am-12:00pm: Creating Bi+ Data Partnerships 101: This interactive skill building workshop will assist leaders of both bi+ community and (academic) research organizations in learning how to plan and implement collaborative community research partnerships to collect data advancing bi+ health equity and community empowerment. Topics will include how to generate collaborative research concepts; planning and conducting ethical community engaged research; and building “fundable” community-research partnerships.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Using Bi+ Data to Secure Grant Funding Facilitators will present a brief overview of effective funder relationship building and grant writing tips. The group will discuss successful examples of how bi+ data has been used in grant applications to secure funding for bi+ community organizations, LGBT research organizations, and academic health research. Workshop participants will receive resources including professional handouts on grant writing tips as well as access to print and electronic versions of successfully funded past bi+ grant language.
1:45pm-4:15pm: Track 1: Bi Policy Advocacy Facilitators will present a brief overview of legislative, judicial and executive advocacy tactics, followed by a synopsis of the 2016 federal Bisexual Policy Briefs recommendations. Building on these and earlier conversations, participants will pick a policy topic then engage in small group work to strategize which statistics, personal stories and recommendations would be most effective to include in a state or local advocacy bi+ policy brief. Participants will work interactively to draft a change blueprint that identifies stakeholders and plans action steps necessary to achieve their draft bi+ recommendations.
1:45pm-4:15pm: Track 2: Best Practices for Creating and Marketing Data-Driven, Revenue-Generating Presentations to Sustain Your Bi+ Organization During this hands-on breakout session, participants will learn the best practices for developing and and marketing data-driven bi+ community organization presentations. Facilitators will share printed and electronic copies of presentation materials and pricing arrangements. Participants will learn how to leverage lessons learned earlier in the day about community-research partnership building and data advocacy to develop a storyboard for their organization’s first (or next) bisexual presentation materials. (Note: Coffee break 2 will be on your own from 2:45 to 3:00)