Tool: Supporting the Work of Community Organization and Change
- Understanding (and affecting) community context
Practitioners must be able to both understand and create the conditions under which community organization efforts have the best chance for success.
- Community planning
Community planners need to help people agree on common goals and means for addressing them.
- Community action and mobilization
Community leaders and members must commit to act with and learn from each other in this hard work.
- Understanding (and addressing) opposition and resistance
To be effective, community activists must be able to defeat and counteract the efforts of those with different interests.
- Intervention and maintenance of efforts
Community practitioners must be able to implement multiple strategies and sustain local efforts.
- Promoting community change
Community leaders and members must be able to change programs, policies, and practices related to shared goals.
- Influencing systems (or broader) change
To enhance chances of success, community practitioners try to change the conditions under which local communities seek improvement.
- Achieving community-level improvements
To make broader indicators of success, community members must build leadership and affect change that is large enough and long enough to make a difference.