Project Bina, (meaning “insight”) is a volunteer committee working to establish a long-term feedback loop at Temple Beth Am. Project Bina seeks to deepen understanding of the needs of the Beth Am congregation, collect diverse perspectives from all TBA congregants, and use feedback received to inform our future planning, programming, and services.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in our first ever Congregational Kibbitz. We are still wrapping up some sessions for folks who could not join us during April. We had 25 facilitators who helped us talk to over 130 participants across 27 sessions so far. The sessions themselves were well-received with over 92% of congregants saying they would Definitely/Probably participate again in a similar event.
Our next step for the Kibbitz is to begin analysis of this very rich data, which the committee is doing in conjunction with an externally hired research analyst to ensure we are looking at this information in an unbiased and thorough way.
We will be approaching our analysis in the following ways:
Our results and presentation will cover the following:
All of our results and action planning will also be examined through the lens of our TBA mission: Deepening relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.
As we are a volunteer group and we are moving into the summer months, it does take longer for us to work through this type of analysis than if we used a commercial research firm (which would have significant external cost as well.) We also have established a process that has multiple levels of review to make sure our clergy, staff and board has a chance to absorb these insights fully and they can be deeply integrated with our planning. Over time, we expect to improve the efficiency and speed of analysis and reporting.
Our general timeline for these results is:
Other Project Bina Committee activities:
The Project Bina committee supports and guides the Temple Beth Am community in the collection of research and data insights to help inform the development of our programs, events and services. We are committed to transparency, best practices in collecting information and helping our clergy, staff, board and other lay leaders create insight-informed action plans.
Committee Chair: Stacey Symonds
Committee Members: Heather Camp, Corinne Fligner, T. J. Stutman, Rachel Zerrell
Staff Support: Amanda Radman, TBA Membership and Development Associate
Project Bina shared their first results of this project at a well-attended Town Hall on March 19th.
If you did not have a chance to attend, click here to view Project Bina’s High Holy Day Survey Results presentation.
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