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AgendaGetting to know your communityNeeds Assessment vs. Capacity MappingCommunity Events and PartnershipsCoalitionsHave fun!
Getting to know yourcommunity You already know… BUT, mostly “tip of the iceberg” certain neighborhoods, groups, communities Get out there… Understand challenges AND strengths Leave any judgment at home. Listen, look, learn!
Getting to know specificcommunity organizations Who are they? Who do they serve? Why do they do what they do? (mission) What are their strengths and resources? Any specific liabilities? What is their funding and financial status?
First impressions matter! Think of it like an interview… Do your research! Respect their time. Respect their experience, solicit their input. Plan together. Make (reasonable) commitments. Follow through. Follow through. Follow through.
Needs Assessment Who are the relevant stakeholders? Describe your community. Literature? Best Practices? Community Standards? Informal? Key meetings? Focus Groups? Survey? Town Hall Meeting?
Capacity Mapping Focusing solely on needs ignores community’s STRENGTHS Think of community assets and capacities Within the community and controlled by the community Within the community, controlled by outsiders Outside of the community, controlled by outsiders
Educational Outreach Target content to community interests Team up with national organizations/events Know your audience!! One time event vs. ongoing series
Ongoing partnerships Community organizations want PARTNERS! Residents enjoy being affiliated with community organization Have to manage the relationship Develop plans for SUSTAINABILITY Assess impact, measure outcomes
Coalitions Cause Event Often temporary or issue-focused
Have fun! Be flexible and creative! Be patient! Keep working! Celebrate success, generous in praise! Focus on the community – needs and strengths! Advocacy is entrepreneurial! If this doesn’t work, that’s okay – maybe the next project will! Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org!