Community Leadership and Organizational Development

CNRED Educators apply UW-system and evidence-based research by facilitating, convening, training, and teaching in partnership with local community residents/stakeholders, local governments, & organizational leaders.

Educational Programs

CNRED educational programs are unique by training citizens over time to use and apply research, Summary of Milwaukee County CNRED Partnerships & Programs, 2013-2016evidence, and data to transform the community. We share and can partner to develop specific workshops and trainings. These programs are available for reserve by potential partners.

  • Meeting and process facilitation and facilitation training
  • Organizational Priority/Impact assessment
  • Strategic Planning
    • Plan for planning diagnosis
    • Mission, vision, values assessment and development
    • Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) Analysis
  • Access to/Application of information technologies for individual and group reflection, “community documentation”/marketing/program evaluation
    • Creating community dialogues including social media and digital media
    • Public deliberation issue guide development and forum planning

CNRED Program Partners

Dr. Allen is Interim Coordinator of the IUAN Community Collaborative Council (June 2014 – June 2016), co-creating a community-based research agenda and infrastructure that supports Milwaukee’s community food system. The IUAN is becoming a cooperative organization in 2016, and is a partnership of seven colleges and universities, Growing Power, Inc., the Milwaukee Food Council, and the City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability/HOME GR/OWN Program.


Dr. Allen is co-facilitating with several partners a process for community collaboration and buy-in to not only become an American League of Bicyclists’ “Bicycle-Friendly Community”, but also to encourage neighborhood-based bicycling city-wide. This process is led by the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, the Wisconsin Bike Federation, and UWM faculty in urban and regional planning and the UWM Director of the Office of Sustainability.


Dr. Allen serves as co-facilitator for the UW-Extension Reimagined initiative hosting community forums and continuing web-based discussions.


Dr. Allen was selected as lead facilitator of the Milwaukee County Parks Department 2015-2020 Strategic Planning process. The public presentation presented to staff and county-wide through public engagement forums of the process that gathered their input on the department’s strengths, areas of improvement, challenges, and opportunities can be found at this link, as well as the final plan. The final plan integrated those elements into annual strategic action items. View the County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.


Dr. Allen has been the interim convener of the Community Development workgroup of Transform Milwaukee, and an executive planning team member of the Transform Milwaukee Initiative since November 2013. She is stepping down in late 2015 from convening to only membership in the Community Development workgroup, to implement related programs in urban agriculture education and community economic development.


Resulting from lessons learned in hiring a former Amani neighborhood resident to support that neighborhood’s resident engagement and capacity building, Dr. Allen partnered with LISC Milwaukee’s director of their Building Sustainable Communities program Christopher Boston to build a coalition of community leaders who would train community residents county-wide to understand the outcomes of multiple community development initiatives in their communities. That program has been adopted by LISC Milwaukee.


Current Programs

  • Asset-based community development support
  • Capacity inventory and mapping
  • Network building, capacity building, and network weaving

Future Programs (Coming in 2016)

  • Undoing Racism
  • First Impressions Community Improvement and Assessment
  • Digital Storytellingcenter for digital storytelling_opt
    • Milwaukee County CNRED Educator/Faculty Dr. Angie Allen is taking the 2015 Center for Digital Storytelling Public Health Webinar series. She aims to create a local county-wide digital storytelling core training program, beginning with a pilot in 2016 of county-wide community gardening/urban farming to community development stories. A unique offering of the program will also be to work with citizens, organizations and communities to integrate their stories onto your specific websites. The goal is for you to be able to learn the skill of telling your own story by making your own media! More to come in early 2016!
    • Community and Regional Food Systems Project: Food Dignity StoriesCommRegFoodSystems_opt

Facilitating Collaboration

  • Facilitating Collaboration

    • Convening and facilitating groups of citizens, business, government, and private sector representatives to meet shared goals for community, natural resources, and economic development 
    • Connecting local government/public officials and their staff to community programs, neighborhood associations through resident training/employment to use data and develop leadership skill
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