REQUEST FOR BETTER METRICS & IDEAS FOR IMPROVED IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE

9-18-17

Greetings, Zack Kucharski, Executive Editor Cedar Rapids Gazette, and all—

Your 560 word column in Sunday’s 9-17-17 Gazette announced the upcoming IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE that you wrote “dozens of Gazette staff members, state and local community partners, and mentors across the globe have spent months working on.”    And you also wrote, “When you create something new, you're never quite sure how it will turn out.” 

Iowalive agrees!  When you have no meaningful metrics or measurable goals or expectations for what you are doing, you certainly can’t be sure how it will turn out—or if your expectations were met or exceeded.   

For that reason, Iowalive net workers prepared the following table they will use to evaluate and score the results of the listed segments of  the Conference.  Please provide the metric performance measures they should use—if not those in the table, that are based on the Conference Goals you cited.  If you won’t provide them, Iowalive will provide them by default.   And—now when you see the % metrics for your Conference goal, you might wish to provide a better goal for Conference participants. 

IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE NEEDS BETTER GOAL AND ‘RESULTS’ PERFORMANCE MEASURES

What % in the table do you consider to be a Conference success?

% TBD Numbers to be Provided by Iowalive After Conference Ends—for Comparison With Yours.

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE'S IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE  http://www.thegazette.com/iowaideas    HELD 9-20 THROUGH 9-22-2017

Participants Who Jumped Across Topics--%

 Participants Who Met New People--%

Participants Who Found Common Ground--%

Participants Who Learned Something That Surprised Them or Challenged Them To Act--%

The Gazette's goal of the Conference is  for participants to "Jump Across Topics, Meet New People, Find Common Ground or Learn Something That Surprises You or Challenges You To Act!"

IOWALIVE'S EVALUATIONS AND SCORES OF THURSDAY'S 4 IOWA IDEAS FEATURED SESSIONS FOUND ON GAZETTE WEBSITE   http://www.thegazette.com/iowaideas/schedule  . Details of Each Session Can be Accessed by Clicking the Links Provided.  Source:  Cedar Rapids Gazette and Iowalive  9-18-17 

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4 SESSIONS OF IOWA IDEAS CONFERENCE

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1.  Creating healthy school climates

 

K-12 Education

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Thursday, 9:45AM - 10:45AM

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Featured Speaker: Liz Cox - Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

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Featured Speaker: Lane Plugge - Chief Administrator, Green Hills AEA

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Featured Speaker: Jan Powers - Doctoral Student and Reseacher, University of Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

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2.   Automation in the workforce

 

Regionalism Workforce

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Thursday, 9:45AM - 10:45AM

Automation, robotics, machine learning and other new technologies are quickly impacting Iowa's workplaces - and blue-collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk. How can we educate Iowans and prepare our industries for the next generation of work?...

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Featured Speaker: Dan Reed - Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa

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Featured Speaker: Kerty Levy - Entrepreneur, Strategy Advisor

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Featured Speaker: Michele Farrell - Elevate Advanced Manufacturing Program Coordinator, Measured Intentions

 

 

 

 

 

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3.  The latest in soil and water conservation

 

Agriculture

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Thursday, 11:00AM - NOON

Comparing and contrasting different conservation methods, including opportunities, potential drawbacks and costs - with an emphasis on soil health, water quality and what's really working for farmers....

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Featured Speaker: Curt Zingula - Farmer, Zingula Farms

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Featured Speaker: Matt Helmers - Dean's Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University

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Featured Speaker: Ken Moore - Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

 

 

 

 

 

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4.  The future of autonomous driving in Iowa

 

Transportation

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Thursday, 11:00AM - NOON

A look at the policy, infrastructure and safety impacts of self-driving cars, plus economic development efforts to attract this emerging industry to Iowa....

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Featured Speaker: Daniel McGehee - Director, National Advanced Driving Simulator

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Featured Speaker: Tom Banta - Director of Strategic Growth, Iowa City Area Development Group

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Featured Speaker: Scott Marler - Director of Traffic Operations, Iowa Department of Transportation

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers Is Asked to Provide Then

 

WHY NO FEATURED CONFERENCE SPEAKERS FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IDEAS?

Please explain why there  are no featured speakers to present ideas for improving schools, cities’, counties’ and state governments’ operating efficiencies and integrities--and to make much better use of existing funding rather than demanding more, or whining about increased funding that is less than they demanded, and they bogusly call a ‘cut’.    

For  example, the 9-17-17, 1,600 word tax history article by Gazette reporters Rod Boshart and Erin Jordan reported that if cities and counties don’t get the additional State funding they demand they will cut essential services.   Schools make the same bogus claim. 

Neither the officials involved nor the reporters give any thought or consideration to planning for or making, much better use of existing funding before demanding more.   How come?  They are operating at less than 50% efficiency—and don’t care!!!  Any ideas, Zack? 

How about having a Better Iowa Ideas Conference? 

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Sincerely,

 

Iowalive   A  growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa