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Section 1. Overview of Developing and Improving Community Services

What do we mean by developing and improving services?

___A-level services are the essential services that make it possible for a community to exist as such – fire, police, schools, public works, local government

___B-level services exist to prevent problems and to maintain the quality of life in a community

___C-level services specifically exist to solve problems and correct deficiencies

You might develop and improve services by:

___Establishing services that didn’t exist before

___Making existing services more effective or more widely available

___Increasing access to services

___Coordinating services

Who should be involved in developing and improving services?

___The target population

___Other agencies, community-based organizations, and grass roots groups

___Local and state officials

___The business community

___The community at large

When should you seek to develop and improve services?

___At the start of a wide-ranging, long-term community initiative

___When a need makes itself clear

___When what you’ve been doing isn’t working

___When the community asks for a service

___When funding becomes available for something that’s been needed for a long time

Options for developing and improving services:

___Developing and implementing programs to help people set and attain personal goals

___Promoting coordination, cooperative agreements, and collaborative agreements among agencies

___Developing multisector collaborations

___Developing employment programs

___Developing programs for physical activity and recreation

___Developing and increasing access to health and community services

___Establishing peer education programs

___Enhancing supervised alternative activities for youth

___Establishing school-linked health programs

___Implementing home visitor programs

___Planning and establishing an adult literacy program

___Enhancing developmental assets for children

___Enhancing resources for youth development

___Enhancing child care programs