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Using the Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box was created to help people build healthier communities and bring about the changes they envision. We provide educational modules and tools to help people work together to make their communities what they dream they can be. Although the Community Tool Box has thousands of pages of resources, its design makes it easy to find what you want. Here’s a quick overview of to use it:

Visit Learn a Skill to view the Table of Contents to locate the 46 Chapters and over 300 learning modules on particular skill areas for assessing the situation, taking action, or sustaining the effort. Or, visit the Toolkits for succinct guidance on 16 core competencies (e.g., how to conduct a community assessment, develop a strategic plan or evaluation plan). The Community Tool Box provides Help for Taking Action: visit the Troubleshooting Guide to see common dilemmas encountered in community work and supports for addressing them; access the Database of Best Practices to see how others have successfully approached the work; or view a simple Framework for Action to seek guidance for the work. Ask an Advisor allows you to ask a specific question of experienced community members and experts about issues relevant to your community work.

If your work involves teaching, we recommend using the Table of Contents (and related Search feature at the top of each page) to locate reading materials for your students. If you provide training, the PowerPoint presentations at the end of each educational module can save you lots of time in training. If you provide technical support and consultation, we recommend using the Toolkits to offer guidance on core competencies, as well as the Troubleshooting Guide to help groups assess the situation and get support for addressing common problems in community work.

We welcome you to Connect with us by posting in our Guestbook, viewing or sharing Community Stories, or Donating to support the work.

We are grateful to serve people working to improve conditions throughout the world. Our hope is that the Community Tool Box makes your good work a little easier and more helpful to those you serve. For more information, contact

What We Do

About the Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools. Under continuous development since 1994, the Community Tool Box is widely used in teaching, training, and technical support. With more than two million user sessions annually, it has reached those working in over 200 countries around the world. Currently available in English and Spanish, the Arabic version will be online by mid-2013.

Why the Community Tool Box?

The vision behind the Community Tool Box is that people — locally and globally — are better prepared to work together to change conditions that affect their lives. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources. With the belief that people can change their communities for the better, partners at the University of Kansas and collaborating organizations developed the Community Tool Box as a public service. Our fervent hope is that these tools can make it easier for people to take action to assure healthier and more just communities throughout the world.

Who We Are

The Community Tool Box is a public service of the University of Kansas. It is developed and managed by the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, and partners nationally and internationally. The Community Tool Box is a part of the KU Work Group’s role as a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development.

Community Tool Box Staff

The Community Tool Box Team includes KU Work Group staff who share overall responsibility for developing, coordinating, and sustaining activities of the Community Tool Box. Its members include:

Christina Holt, M.A.

Stephen B. Fawcett, Ph.D.

Jerry A. Schultz, Ph.D.

Michelle Loewenstein

Other Development Partners

Other colleagues are key collaborators in design, writing, and dissemination of the Community Tool Box. These colleagues include:

Bill Berkowitz, Ph.D

Vincent Francisco, Ph.D.

Tom Wolff, Ph.D.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

To contact the Community Tool Box team with questions or offers of support, or for information about available services:

Work Group for Community Health and Development
4082 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555 (U.S.A.)

Telephone: (785) 864-0533
Fax: (785) 864-5281