The Institute develops programs that create sustainable and positive change to benefit the quality of life of all Arkansans. Our programs staff is trained to lead people through meetings that address a specific issue. Using wisdom from the people in the room, we encourage collaborative problem solving by leading program participants through different exercises and dialogues to help them reach a goal.
The goals vary by program. The goal could be agreeing on recommendations for a government agency, growing new collaborations between organizations with similar purposes, or something else entirely.
The Rockefeller Ethic
By using the Rockefeller Ethic we provide a process for a thorough examination of the issue and a neutral space for all voices to be heard.
When we plan a program we ask ourselves “What do we want to be different when the program is over?” and build the plan to get to our answer.
See how we used the Rockefeller Ethic to improve health care in rural Arkansas through the Rural Health Summits in this video.
Our Current Programs
Below is a list of our current programs which link to dedicated program pages with much more information. See our past programs for details on what has been accomplished so far.
Do you have a program idea? Could we be potential partners? Email us.
Arkansas Education Policy Initiative
The ultimate goal of the Institute’s Arkansas Education Policy Initiative is to create statewide education policy recommendations and actions that will improve the state’s national standing in K-12 educational outcomes. In addition to being an economic boost, we believe these recommendations could lead to more funding for education and an improved learning environment for students, families, and communities.
Arkansas Health Equity Collaboration
We’re excited to announce the official launch of the Arkansas Health Equity Collaboration. This two-day, in-person meeting will be held July 28-29, 2022 at the Institute
Incarceration: Recidivism, Reentry and Reunification (iR3)
The idea behind the corrections system is that once someone has been through the system, that person will not go back into the system again. Unfortunately, this is often not true. Groups affected by this cycle rarely have a chance to talk to each other. iR3 was created to help solve this challenge.
Student Summit on Rural Health
This program will be a chance for future doctors to weigh in on the role they see for themselves in rural communities, as well as what their ideal rural community would be like. They have a chance to ask candid questions about the reality of rural practice from rural doctors and leadership from each school.
Partnership for Democratic Practices in Arkansas
The Institute and its partners, through the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Forum, organize dialogues where all citizens are invited to participate and discuss issues and policies that affect us all.
We are currently recruiting for our 2022 Cohort. Groups of 5-7 citizens from communities in the southwestern region of Arkansas are invited to apply
UAF/UAMS Research Collaborative
Through facilitated dialogue and deliberation, participants from both institutions are creating a collaborative designed to strengthen and grow their shared research and economic outputs for the benefit of the entire state.