- Ask about Aspirations
This Harwood Institute for Public Innovation tool is an easy to use quick set of four questions that have been tested in a variety of community engagement efforts over the years. They can be used to build relationships and learn from all kinds of stakeholders around a variety of issues, either one-on-one or in small groups.
- Community Rhythms
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation has identified five stages for community life. Each stage has its own set of challenges and opportunities. If you want to accelerate change in your community first you must understand the 5 Stages of Community Life. This small group discussion guide helps you understand the stages of community life and the strategic implications for moving communities forward.
- The Community Café
The Community Café, a strengths-based approach founded upon the principles of The World Café, sparks leadership to develop relationships necessary to strengthen families. The Community Café learning community web site offers tools, resources, contacts, and a blog link to share your Café stories.
- Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations
This online toolkit is designed to assist community leaders in creating beneficial and sustainable partnerships with business. It provides lessons on how community leaders can identify potential business partners, set realistic goals, and create partnerships for long-term success to ensure that all youth are ready for college, work and life. Co-developed by United Way Worldwide, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Workforce Strategy Center, you can access the full toolkit here, and the companion website here.
- Building Systems-Level Partnerships (2009)
In an effort to expand what is known about systems-level partnerships. Child Trends conducted a review of research on this topic. This brief presents findings and the review of the research and linked these findings to effective strategies for building systems-level partnerships in out-of-school programs.
- Handbook on Family and Community Engagement (2010)
This handbook is intended to provide educators, community leaders, and parents with a succinct survey of the best research and practice accumulated related to family and community engagement.
- Supporting Youth Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities (2010)
As part of an Out-of-School Time Community Pilot Grant from United Way Worldwide, Youth Community Connections (network lead for the statewide afterschool network in Minnesota), engaged youth across the state to inform the development of a policy framework. The framework asserts that youth are most successfully when they have access to a range of high-quality formal (school), non-formal (out-of-school time), and informal (everyday learning in the home and in communities) experiences that support their development. The report asserts that high-quality expanded learning opportunities (out-of-school time) are part of a comprehensive approach to learning and advances four key recommendations: increase youth access to programs; improve program quality; optimize public and private resources to support programming; and increase coordination and alignment between formal and informal learning experiences.