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Developing Successful Community Initiatives — A Regional Workshop

Developing Successful Community Initiatives, level two of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, focuses on the ability to carry out community development processes to achieve measurable impacts. These process skills may be of value to all extension professionals, especially those new to community development work. These skills include:

  • Principles of Community Development Practice
  • Broad-based Participation and Bringing People to the Table
  • Participatory Planning (includes visioning, assessment and analysis, and plan development)
  • Implementation and Project Management
  • Facilitation of Group Meetings
  • Community Collaborations
  • Evaluation (includes participatory evaluation, indicators and benchmarks, measuring impacts)

In the North Central region, these were taught in a regional workshop November 1-3, 2006. The purpose of the workshop is to build the competencies of Extension staff. It also enabled Extension professionals within the region to network with each other and learn about their programs. Participants in this workshop were identified by the North Central Community Development program leaders.