The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N) provides varied resources, on different terms, to those beginning an EPIC program. Take a look at the resources below and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems accessing them.
Free Resources Available to Anyone
Start Up Toolkit – EPIC-N has collected artifacts from around the network to help programs start their programs and win over stakeholders in their community. These artifacts include a selection of examples, templates, and process lists. More tools and templates are available to EPIC-N members. Access the EPIC-N Start Up Toolkit here.
EPIC-N Newsletter – Our newsletter provides updates on our network, our programs, their news, success stories, and tips. Sign up here.
Annual Conference/Other Convenings – Available to all audiences with a registration fee. Find out more about EPIC-N events.
Regional Conferences, Workshops, and Webinars – Each year, EPIC-N hosts an annual conference, regional workshops, and webinars throughout the year for interested university and community leaders to learn more about different aspects of the EPIC Model. During the conference, programs ‘Just Start’ their own EPIC Model program. Please put the next EPIC-Network Conference on your calendar. Find out more about EPIC-N events.
Resources Available to Help Start a Program
Just Start Webinars – Moderated calls with leaders from the network are hosted occasionally throughout the year. Some are open to the public to help share best practices and to discuss emerging problems and solutions. Depending on the topic, these webinars may be free or may require a registration fee to attend. For a list of the upcoming community of practice webinars and trainings visit our websites’ events page.
EPIC-N Site Visits – Universities and communities can request a visit from our EPIC-N Trainers. They are ready to engage any potential university or community stakeholders (university administration, faculty, staff, students, community partners, elected officials, government staff, etc.). Many beginning programs find this highly valuable for gaining interest, buy-in, and local resources to support the new program. Site visit costs are dependent on travel, lodging, number of days, and the number of trainers requested. Email email@example.com about your interest in a site visit to receive more information.
Resources Available to Members
Start-up Toolkit and Co-Branded Graphics and Communication – EPIC-N staff provides co-branded graphics to help programs earlier in their development win over other stakeholders within their local context.
Annual Conference Registration Discount – Attendance is discounted for you, and all other stakeholders involved with your program. Please put the next EPIC-Network Conference on your calendar. To find more information about the next conference, visit our conference website page here.
Access to the Learning Commons – The EPIC-N Member Learning Commons is an online platform that members will have a login to access. It is a changing space that will be a space for new and existing programs to find new resources to continue evolving their programs. This space will house the EPIC-N Toolbox. Members have access to the Toolbox through the EPIC-N website. This helps all EPIC-N programs start, maintain, and improve their programs. It will have more examples of resources and templates from EPIC-N experts and program leaders from around the network. It will also include future video trainings for all kinds of aspects of running an EPIC program. The Learning Commons will also house the future Partnership and Project library. It will also create a virtual space for community forums discussing solutions and issues.
1-on-1 Technical Assistance Support – EPIC-N provides support staff to assist programs with the barriers they face. Members are allowed to schedule meetings with our support staff as their availability allows. Our staff can help with all aspects of your program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start brainstorming, get connected and find answers now.
Connections Staff continuously act as a conduit between communities and universities across the world. EPIC-N succeeds when our members are able to connect to thought leaders across the network.
EPIC-N Newsletter, Listserv, and Webinars – Our newsletter provides updates on our network and success stories from our network. The EPIC-N listserv has a membership of other program managers, staff, and organizational directors from around the world. The listserv is a space to brainstorm and share ideas. The program manager calls are a monthly informal video conference call hosted by program managers for program managers. Each month, EPIC-N hosts moderated calls with other program managers and EPIC-N support staff to share best practices and emerging problems and solutions. Other trainings on topics are held regularly and your membership fee gives you free access to all of these presentations.
Access to the EPIC-N Qualtrics License – EPIC-N provides member programs with free, Qualtrics licenses for evaluation and support of all aspects of program performance. Many use this to assist their evaluation of experiences of participating faculty/staff, students, and community partners; reports comparing your program metrics over time and compared to others, and assistance in customizing this developed tool to best fit your needs and aspirations.
Evaluation Optimizing Support – Even with the Qualtrics license, there are many details to consider when evaluating your program. EPIC-N support staff provides optimization services to make evaluation easy and accurate for your programs’ priorities.
Global Prestige and Marketing – EPIC-N increases member visibility in all sorts of ways — social media, newsletter, outreach events, and throughout the EPIC-N website. Individual programs gain prestige by being associated with the network with an international reach.
Opportunity to Apply for Project Funding – EPIC-N works with funders at the national and global level. We find opportunities to present to all of our member programs. This helps find alternative funding that individual programs are unable to access on their own.