Contact: Walt Whitmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Effective community engagement seeks to better engage the community to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, relationships, discourse, and decision-making in a community-context sensitive environment. Engagement is not generally driven by a model so much as by a framework of guiding principles, strategies, and approaches. This framework is based on principles that respect the right of all community members to be informed, consulted, involved and empowered and employs and range of tools and strategies to ensure success. It also places a premium on fostering and enhancing trust as a critical element in long-term, sustainable engagement and effective governance.
The tools and resources provided here are intended to help you assess your engagement needs, plan for effective strategies and processes, as well as implement and monitor your engagement efforts.
Keywords: community engagement
Target Audiences: Individuals, Community, Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals
Contact: Bill Shuffstall, email@example.com
Description: The Community Engagement Tool, developed and supported by the Center for Economic and Community Development at Penn State University, provides a brief and practical guide to the major concepts, considerations, tools, and strategies to develop an effective engagement effort. The tools and resources are intended to help users assess engagement needs, plan for effective strategies and processes, as well as implement and monitor engagement efforts. Topics addressed by the toolbox include key actions such as Establishing Your Engagement Goals, The Role and Importance of Building Trust, Facilitating Community Engagement, and Evaluating Engagement Efforts. The main idea of each topic is provided, as well as resources, and worksheets.
Keywords: Community engagement, trust, managing conflict
Target Audiences: community members, Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals