The Community Connections policy brief describes how the digital literacy acquisition program in a rural community was sustained through formal and informal connections across a variety of organizations and community institutions. The case study describes the setting, the details of how tutor facilitated, self-paced learning was organized, and the various ways connections were made across organizations. Five types of connections are identified: formal top-level partnerships, local connections, library/workforce partnership, school/workforce connections, informal community connections, and lab coordinator/tutor/learner connections. Implications for these findings include how policymakers and other key stakeholders may benefit from recognizing and building on the ways people in the field marshal formal and informal resources to create and sustain vibrant programs.
Let us know what you think in the comments section. What have you experienced in the area of working within a community to make your program successful? How might the findings we set forth in this policy brief help you continue thinking about ways to serve your population of learners?