A Big Picture Approach to Community Planning and Action

Community partnerships, collaborations, and stakeholder groups use the stages and steps shown in this guide to identify current community work and partners, gain a clear understanding of priority issues, identify root causes, achieve consensus for needed change, and adjust interventions until desired results are achieved.

The Forum for Youth Investment and Community Systems Group work with leaders to build their capacity to inspire and mobilize action at multiple levels — from neighborhood and issue-specific coalitions to provider networks and over-arching leadership councils. For each of the ten steps outlined in this guide, leaders learn the clear standards, organizing questions, facilitation tools and techniques, data collection methods, and analytic approaches that link each step to the next and position their group for collective impact.