Needs and Challenges
Establish procedures to enhance the sharing of information and resources on national and regional levels.
For an effective language access program, it is necessary to collaborate with other partners locally, regionally, and nationally as a means of gathering information, obtaining different expertise, and sharing resources. Action Step 6 recommends establishing procedures to enhance the sharing of information and resources on a national or regional level. To maximize effectiveness, jurisdictions should partner with state justice partners, schools, and community organizations on initiatives such as training or data collection. Also, they should share developed resources such as translated materials or signage for pooling interpreter talent on national, regional, and state networks.
In the survey, a majority of jurisdictions answered that they have now engaged in collaboration and information sharing. Specifically, 65% of jurisdictions have established an outreach program or made efforts to reach out to entities working with LEP communities to secure their assistance in publicizing language access services or to seek their input on court policies related to language access services.
The jurisdictions that do conduct outreach provided information on the successful aspects of their program:
Established Procedures for Collaboration
Most jurisdictions have established procedures to enhance the sharing of information nationally and regionally. Almost 70% of respondents answered that they have specific procedures set in place designed to exchange information. Forty percent of jurisdictions have set procedures in their LAPs to further the effort. They also have developed training programs and resources designed to effectively exchange information.
Thirty-three percent of the respondents engage in activities other than those listed above to enhance the sharing of information. Many jurisdictions noted that they actively participate in CLAC and/or NCSC activities. Others have formed regional working groups or regularly exchange information with neighboring states.
Successful Community Outreach Initiatives
The survey asked jurisdictions to provide a self-assessment of the most successful initiatives they have conducted for community outreach.
Q26 Please share any “success stories” of community outreach
initiatives you would like to highlight:
Successful Collaboration Initiatives
Q27 Please share any successful collaboration initiatives
you have employed that you would like to highlight:
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