Search form

Ask an Advisor Questions

Question Core Competency Date
We are providing online education by youtube channel about all application as Microsoft office and Photoshop and Coral draw etc.
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 06/07/2022
HOW TO WRITE BYLAW FOR YOUTHS' COMMITTEE? Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 06/07/2022
I am interested in providing an assessment to the community for early educators, and daycare services.
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Fri, 05/13/2022
I was recently elected to a local community board (non-HOA, 55+ manufactured home community) whose primary function is to plan neighborhood events and represent the neighborhood in certain interactions with the property manager. The previous board is refusing to turn over any records (they’re saying there are no records and the bank account has been closed) and telling us the bylaws are no longer valid. The community is very divided over the election but business is business. Has anyone ever dealt with this type of situation? How did you handle it?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Fri, 05/13/2022
Thank your answers. If I am asked to write a communication plan, should I talk let the management decide on which “messages/ channels….etc” to incorporate in the plan and then I just write the plan for them . Or should I chose for them the channels and other parts of the action plan?

Do I facilitate any management meetings to help organization reach a shared decision on the planning details they want to incorporate?

You recommended that facilitation may take place at the creation level and the testing level. Can you clarify how facilitation work at the testing level? How does it actually happen and what is the theme of discussion?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Tue, 05/10/2022

Thank you for your modules on communication planning. Do you have any suggestions on how to practice writing a Communication plan so you feel ready and confident about preparing plans?
Where can I find startups looking for someone to help them write their (simple) communication plan to start with.
Finally, At what part of communication planning should the company use facilitation services?

Thank you for your help and suggestions
Building Leadership Thu, 05/05/2022

How does a “plan for communication “ differ from “a strategic plan” ?
Building Leadership Thu, 05/05/2022
I am currently working in my community to address mass incarceration. Does the CTB have an outline or tool used to evaluate policy change efforts?

Thank you!
Evaluating the Initiative Thu, 04/21/2022
Hello, I have a question. When was chapter 27, Section 2. Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures published?.
Wed, 04/20/2022
Consensus within our community serving org questions on no-vote or abstaining and change of vote after the main vote:


Nice to meet you. Thank you for all your free resources!!

My name is Clare and I am a staff member at a non-profit in Indianapolis, IN , USA. We focus on Peace Education, with content/programing focused on Equity learning, Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution, as well as Restorative Practices.

As an org we have been looking internally to include more equitable practices, and have been working to use consensus. We are creating a handbook to help connect consensus to our internal processes and have a few questions and concerns that have come up we cannot find answers to in on-line material.

Can you help?

One question is: What role could/should no vote/abstain play in a consensus decision? How may abstains can exist without jeopardizing the proposal voted on and the group collaboration needed? Under what circumstances are abstain votes allowed?

(We have used them when staff have not been involved in the conversation enough (only work as contractors , less then part time or just started their job the day of the vote, or when a staff member did not do research/gather enough info on the different proposals that they felt unsure on their understanding of what was being discussed and suggested to vote)

Another question: What happens if someone wants to change their decision after the official vote? Is there suggestions around time frame or times when allowed, or why or why not it should be allowed?

We had one such situation recently. After our proposal stages and discussion, we took an e-mail based vote. The decision was 3 stand asides, which took us back to the need to go back to discussion. When e-mails started to come up about the time frame for changes and participation, and how to move forward, one of that stand asides asked to change to approve. Thus, the proposal was passed, after the first vote. It happened within 24 hrs I believe. I am sure this kind of situation could pop up again.

Also, do you do training on consensus with staff groups in USA?

Thank you for any ideas or suggestions you may have!
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 04/19/2022
Developing plans to achieve defined objectives Developing Strategic and Action Plans Sat, 04/16/2022
Are there recommendations on the best ways to connect with potential community partners or stakeholders for outreach activities? E-mail or phone call? I find it is difficult to reach individuals in large organizations or nonprofits at times.
Increasing Participation and Membership Tue, 04/12/2022
Greetings. I am curious if there are any known government agencies, foundations, and/or banks that sponsor Leadership Development in the Community Development arena, or in Community Development work. My (U.S. small business) consulting company creates community development programmes, and I want to enroll in college-university to complete my education, which I plan to perform, (even) as I labor, away from school, to improve the lives of low-income ethnic and minority community residents.
Developing an Intervention Thu, 04/07/2022
I would like to open up a homeless shelter or a just a shelter to help people and I don't know what my first step would be
Increasing Participation and Membership Thu, 03/31/2022
Good morning,
I am employed with a local department of social services and will be launching a new program geared towards helping older citizens who do not have anyone/family to depend on. Our program needs funding and I would like to apply for grants but need suggestions on available grants that are out there and may be able to help.
Tue, 03/29/2022
1 what are the most prevalent concerned that you have?
2 what do you think are the reason why the respondents have those answers?
3 as a student what programs can you recommend addressing their concerns?
Wed, 03/23/2022
Hello. My name is Yvette. I have aspirations of developing a (AWSOME) Community Park in my Neighborhood. I have already Envisioned it. I'm not SAVY TECHNOLOGY WISE. I HEARD THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FINANCIAL GRANTS TO BRING EDUCATIONAL, LIFE PRESERVING, SELF SUFFECENTCY, EMPLOYMENT, SAFE OFF ROAD OBSTACLES, ECT..... I would appreciate any advice resources in order to make an AWSOME, SAFE, EDUCATIONAL, ENLIGHTENING, OPEN PARK IN MY COMMUNITY. MY ZIP CODE IS #92114. THANK YOU. YVETTE ARVIZU
Increasing Participation and Membership Sat, 03/19/2022

I hope this message finds you well!
My name is Arick and I'm working on special projects at the Family and Community Engagement Office in the School District of Philadelphia.
The reason I'm writing is because we are attempting to institutionalize a feedback system internally within our District regarding garnering useful feedback from families concerning District policies and procedures that are periodically due for revision. We want to provide a list of options (e.g.: send out a survey, hold a focus group, etc.) for our offices which they can choose from in order to best engage families/the public constituency within our District and thus get feedback on policies and procedures. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for how to structure the framework/system, or what options should definitely be included?

Thanks so much for all your great work!
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 03/04/2022
Hi, Thank you for all the helpful information on the website. I am a student at Athabasca University. I am using Chapter 4 Section 2 in a paper. Do you know how I should cite the url below in APA 7th edition format? Thank you
Sun, 02/27/2022
what are your community issues that concern you and how you can address them? Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 02/24/2022
I am looking for resources to more clearly define my organizations board responsibilities. Specifically in regard to strategic planning and what role they ideally should play in that.
Improving Organizational Management and Development Wed, 02/23/2022
Aloha I am interested in learning how any faith based communities are involved with community transformation, what role they play and how they assist.
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 02/11/2022
Hello. I have a nonprofit that specifically helps single parents and children affected by domestic violence as well as food insecurity. We have been successful in providing basic household needs, groceries, and clothing. Our biggest challenge is fulfilling our long-term mission of building tiny homes (different sizes) to assist the families during crisis mode with suitable housing. This stems from my personal experience in lack of "suitable" housing twenty years ago, especially for women and children. I'm often told to go to shelters that are either full, have a long waitlist, deny the application, and/or not safe for children. This is why I'm determined to change that. However, funding is a huge undertaking. I'm reaching out to you in hopes that you can point me in the right direction. Thank you for your time.
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Thu, 02/10/2022
Good afternoon,
My name is Maria and I'm from Portugal. I work on a project to train and integrate people with special needs into the job market.
At the moment, I have a group that is in the field of ceramics, so I need some help to think about physical adaptations to increase their autonomy in this area.
I'm looking for some kind of training to help me with this.
thank you for your attention.
Maria Quaresma
Building Leadership Tue, 02/01/2022
We are a small shared leadership school (Charter k-8) with 408 students. We have a shared leadership model that is confusing and ineffective in terms of timely decision making. We need help clarifying what decisions go to what committee and what decisions are made on the leadership team. Help!
  • Building Leadership
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Tue, 02/01/2022
Hello! I am working on conducting a community based needs assessment for a non-profit where minors will ideally be able to answer. However, I am unfamiliar with parental permission in this case since it does not go through IRB since there will not be a publication. The target group is LGBTQ+ folx and young people, hence the need for privacy and asking that they need.
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 01/27/2022
Hi! I'm excited to connect with your team. I'm on Prince of Wales Islands in Southeast Alaska and am looking for support as I'm coming out of sabbatical (from clinical practice as a behavior analyst) moving into a variety of roles related to community development and will be in a position to make recommendations and support the implementation of Community Toolbox tools. I would appreciate guidance around the best approach to my particular situation and areas of involvement including (1) president of the local chamber of commerce - economic development, (2) owner of homeschool collective - quality of life development, (3) host of study circles - literacy and prosocial skills development, and (4) volunteer with a number of local organizations - community development. Look forward to connecting!
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Building Leadership
Sun, 01/23/2022
Can you help me learn online how to do Community Development work?
I am very interested to learn all that I can to help my people and communities.
Sat, 01/22/2022
Good evening, This is a follow-up to emails and a phone call. I am in search of validated community assessment instruments focused on CTE entry level job recruiting. I am a EdD student at the University of Idaho. My dissertation focuses on the Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment in rural communities. When would be a good time to discuss my project with your staff?
Phone: (208) 634 6369
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 01/20/2022
I am urgently in need of an action plan in starting an organization.
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Tue, 01/18/2022
Hello, I am looking for a crosswalk document for CSAP 6 prevention strategies of community change (Information Dissemination, Education, Alternatives, Problem ID & Referral, Community-Based Processes, and Environmental) which compares and equates activities with SAMHSA's 7 strategies for community change (Providing Information, Building Skills, Providing Support, Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers, Changing Consequences, Physical Design, and Modifying/Changing Policy.) In Michigan we are transitioning our focus and need to report on both to funders. A T-chart or flow-chart helping community workers determine what category their activities fall under with both would be really helpful.
Improving Organizational Management and Development Tue, 01/11/2022
What are some barriers/ approaches to protect and conserve catchment area?
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Tue, 01/04/2022
I am a volunteer leader in a large HOA. I would like to conduct a member survey to steer future investment in amenities. I am having a hard time finding a consultant to help create and implement this survey. Where might I look to find such help? (I live in Delaware)
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 12/30/2021
Dear Madam/Sir;
I am Molla Gojam Arjejo, male, 47, from Ethiopia, married, Christian and graduate of MA in Organizational Leadership, and 1st. Degrees in Leadership Development Studies, and in Theology and I have been working for 25 years in Church Wholistic services in different Societies and Communities under diverse traditional Leadership, Religions, clan, and ethnic groups and I am coordinating, empowering, and leading them how to work for tolerance and for communal objectives and to reach the intended goal in resolving conflicts and up warding the healthy peace building in people’s whole lives. I am serving them as the community Resource Coordinator with care, integrity, valuing their precision perceptions, advocating for their rights, and without partiality. . .
I am very happy reading your blessed ministry the “COMMUNITY TOOL BOX” and interested to contact with you and like to have an advice from you because the plan, the Community Tool Box table of contents, the objectives, the setup goal. . . are very important for to my Country Ethiopia/Community.
Therefore, as the “Community Tool Box” ministry is launched out globally, would you please be kindhearted to guide me to have your care to start the Community Tool Box in my Society and to assist my Society to test the healthy life Wholistically?
I appreciate and thanks for your guidance to change my Communities unawareness.
Honestly submitted.

Molla Gojam Arjejo
From Ethiopa

Analyzing Problems and Goals Thu, 12/09/2021

I am Enaam Al-Ananbeh from Jordan, a registered nurse hold the PhD in nursing. It was an interesting topic "Windshield survey" and I got fruitful information from it. Nowadays I am working on a Home Visit project and I need a guidelines for conducting HVs in Jordan for nurses and midwives who will conduct the HVs.
Further, I need to know how to establish a work plan on HVs.
thank you
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Building Leadership
Sat, 11/27/2021
Can you provide an example using the Community Tool Box where a after school educational enrichment program for middle school students was launched by a non profit entity!
Building Leadership Fri, 11/26/2021
My name is Shipra . I am 16 years old and a student of DPS Vasant Kunj , New Delhi, India. I am looking to open a club which is a free and safe space for the students to talk about youth and social issues faced by the country which impact the youth. In 2 years of time we will all be eligible to vote for the upcoming central elections i want to make sure that all of my school mates are fully aware of the present situation of the country and use their vote wisely. I wish to educate people of different gender identities and to respect. Some times we might not be aware and might unintentionally hurt someone.
i sincerely hope u will help us. My friends and i look up to you and are open to all suggestions to help introduce the plan to open this club in our school and help us present this to our principle .
Warm regards
  • Developing an Intervention
  • Enhancing Cultural Competence
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 11/19/2021
Hello. I am a Research Dietitian, and part of our pre-screening questionnaire for our study will be asking about social determinants of health. If a person scores often true on both questions of the Hunger Vital screening they are ineligible. For these people we want to provide them with food insecurity resources in the area, but also something a little more active. Do you have any resources for screening for SDOH in a research setting? I see a lot about clinical settings, but not in the research/study trial space. Thanks.
Analyzing Problems and Goals Tue, 11/16/2021

My name is Chelsea Crockford and I work as a Recreation Therapist at a neurorehabilitation center in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Myself and co-worker, Dr.JoAnne Savoie, Neuropsychologist, were successful in a grant from the Chalmers foundation to do a project on health and wellness for persons with disabilities. The proposed project will involve a series of six 90-minute classes (offered quarterly) where persons with disabilities can learn tools and activities that aim to promote emotional well-being, connectedness to their families and communities, and healthy living. Each class will have an educational component, exploration of barriers to participating in new wellness activities and sharing of community resources to open doors to new connections. Classes will be facilitated by a health professional and trained persons with lived experience (identified as mentors in the proposal) who can offer knowledge, expertise and support. Topics are still being considered but we were thinking it might include Goal Setting and Motivation, Physical Activity and Sport, Emotional Well-Being and Coping, Use of Technology to Enhance Well-Being, Social Connectedness and Finding Purpose, as examples.

We are hoping to not have to reinvent the wheel to provide online training for our mentors who will be providing peer support. Do you know of any peer support volunteer training services we can use ? Or do you have any materials to share that could be helpful/relevant?

Thank you very much,

  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Building Leadership
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
Mon, 11/15/2021