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ToP methods were created and refined through decades of community-based change work. This course follows the cycle of a community planning process, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Learn both theoretical frameworks and practical tools to support authentic community engagement, community driven and led decision-making throughout a community project planning cycle. Participants will be an interactive learning community, learning from each other in addition to the tools and frameworks shared.
Oftentimes community work can become fragmented and combative; learn how to help groups come together to create consensus on what changes they are for in addition to what they are against.
In addition to teaching many specific community development tools and methods, this course also teaches the same tools as the ToP Facilitation Methods ciyrse but within a community context - Focused Conversation, Consensus Workshop and Action Planning.
After completing the workshop participants will be able to:
Here is an example of a more detailed CDI course outline that was given to an in-house client. The Bay Area course will include additional tools and methods.
Workshop 1 – Context Settings & Tools for Understanding the Current Reality of Your Community
(Environmental Scanning - Analysis)
Workshop 2 – Tools for Creating Plans with Diverse Stakeholder Groups
Workshop 3 – Tools for Creating and Implementing Plans of Action
Workshop 4 – Tools for Strategic Meeting Design, Evaluating Your Project, Open Space
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