STEP THREE: ENGAGE
Engagement of a broad set of stakeholders that have the capacity and commitment to guide change is one of the hallmarks of effective collective impact work. A range of individuals that represent multiple perspectives, including the diverse populations in your community, can come together around a common focus on improving outcomes. Direct inclusion of young people, families and community members is one of the most instrumental ways to make a big picture planning process not only cross-system but “person-centered.” This requires explicit strategies for including community members and focus populations in not just problem identification, but in problem-solving and solutions design.
Community is defined along with the important “communities within,” including communities by type (place, interest or experience) and by boundaries (neighborhood, city, county, island, etc.)
Engagement plan is created for each important community along with plan for involving and engaging leadership team in tandem with (or as a part of) community-level engagement
BIG PICTURE APPROACH TRAINING MATERIALS (FROM TRAINING BINDER):
Related Facilitator's Guide or Curriculum
Community Mapping Worksheet
Curriculum: Defining and Describing Your Community
Engagement Strategy: Community Assessment Worksheet
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIVE DEEPER
Tools: Whom to Engage?
Adding It Up: A Guide for Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth and Families
Forum for Youth Investment/Finance Project guide clarifies how to create and implement an effective resource map for children, youth and families.
Community Data Inventory Worksheet
Ready by 21 tool guides inventory of community data sources and functions in order to translate goals into actions.
Community Tool Box Toolkit: Assessing Community Needs and Resources
Guidelines support the assessment of a community’s priority issues in order to guide data collection.
Nashville, Tenn. - Engaging Youth for Community Change
Case study shows how young people engaged in creating Nashville’s Youth Master Plan.
Clarkston, Ga.: Getting Immigrant Youth Ready
Brief story describes local leader collaboration to create supports for refugees.
Additional Training for Your Team
Consulting Services to Support Your Coalition