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Capacity Building, Consultation & Evaluation

For more information, please contact Christina Holt at the KU Center for Community Health and Development by phone at (785) 864-0533, or by email at


Mission Statement

The mission of the KU Center for Community Health and Development is: supporting community health and development through collaborative research and evaluation, teaching and training, and technical support and capacity building. 

Primary Focus Areas

  • Community and public health (e.g., promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition; violence prevention; addressing health disparities)
  • Child/youth health and development (e.g., childhood obesity prevention; substance abuse prevention; preventing infant mortality; promoting healthy youth development)
  • Community and capacity development (e.g., urban neighborhood development; training of leaders and change agents; technical support for collaborative action)

Example Projects

  • Documentation and capacity development for statewide efforts to prevent substance abuse
  • Participatory research with the Latino Health for All Coalition
  • National study of how community programs and policies affect childhood obesity
  • Consultation on evaluation design
  • Community Change Academy training to build capacity among change agents
  • Consultation on web-based action toolkit design
  • Participatory evaluation of collaborative efforts to reduce disparities in health outcomes
  • Documentation and capacity development for violence prevention initiatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some funding sources

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • State and local government agencies

Capacity Building Trainings

People taking action need skills in core areas including assessment, planning, advocacy, evaluation, and sustainability. The KU Center for Community Health and Development has decades of experience teaching and stimulating use of basic community competencies; online, and through in-person, workshops, webinars, and classes. 


  • Workshops are highly interactive, featuring turn-to-your-partner and group activities


  • Web-based trainings can be held individually or as part of a series


  • Adaptation of core competencies for specific audiences and online delivery


  • Experienced presenters deliver guidance for larger audiences


  • Intensive (often 3 to 5 day) training in core processes for change and improvement


  • Experienced staff equip others to deliver field-tested trainings and curricula


The KU Center for Community Health and Development provides information and training in the fields of community health and development both online and through training workshops. Through the Community Tool Box, the Center also provides online resources as a public service.

For more information about our services, please contact the KU Center for Community Health and Development by phone at (785) 864-0533, by email at or visit