Community Development

What Is Capacity Building?

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Take this tutorial to learn how VISTA defines "capacity building" to ensure that you are carrying out your assignment effectively.
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Capacity Building in Action

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Familiarize yourself with the key elements of capacity building. Through real-life scenarios and examples, learn what tools work and how to maximize impact during your service.
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VISTA Notebook

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Explore the Five Cs model for community change and record your aspirations and reflections on notebook worksheets.
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Use of Self as a Change Agent

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Use this framework to learn how to represent yourself to bring positive change in your community through the concepts such as honesty, connection, and resistance.
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Briefcase for Success

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Use this compilation of effective programs, best practices, major players, and relevant policies in your work helping disadvantaged communities achieve financial independence.
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The Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free online resource from the University of Kansas. It includes an extensive set of tools covering community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice.

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Strategic Factors for Building Community: The Five Cs Article

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Learn about five strategic factors that have tremendous impact on the well-being of individuals, families and communities. In this paper, read about how the the 5C's (community, connections, control, cash, and collective action) work together to create successful community development campaigns.
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What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

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This New York Times profile of a Houston, Texas nonprofit highlights the role gathering community input plays in empowering and building the capacity of communities.

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Strengthening Your Organization, Your Community, and Your Projects

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Build your program's sustainability by deepening your ties to the surrounding community. This course provides capacity building tips for identifying assets in your community and strengthening your program's ability to leverage those assets for win-win outcomes.
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