Grassroots Whole Systems Approach
Pre-Requisite : None *
*The CDI is not part of the PFP, FLP or AFP but contains many of the methods in all of these programs with specific application for community development.
The CDI is about community development as whole systems change. This is a practical, how-to lab on tools and methods for empowering communities and groups. The key to community development lies in people working together to meet changing social and economic needs. The methods in this course have been used around the world for over 40 years.
This self-paced, self-directed course contains all the theory of the in-person and the online Advanced ToP Tools course.
The manual is downloadable in this self-directed course.
Theory is expanded through readings and videos of classroom lectures and interaction during in-person courses. These videos remain available for a year.
Most tools and methods have templates used to prepare for real client work. The templates carry key theory within them.
There are videos of instructors and participants using the tools in simulated case studies. This demonstrates best practice use of the tools and methods. These videos remain available for a year.
Stages, steps and procedures of tools and methods are explained in detail.
This self directed course includes examples of products from actual clients as pictures, PDFs or powerpoints, so you know what can be achieved. These are downloadable.
The course includes assignments that help build confidence in your use of the tools and methods. Assignment can be done by yourself, or with a group you convene on your own for enhanced learning.
Your assignments can be uploaded to receive comments from ICA instructors or facilitators. You can contact them for further explanation.
- Ensure grass roots participation.
- Motivate groups to action.
- Develop a grass roots vision.
- Analyze the obstacles and create innovative strategies.
- Convert plans into visible, do-able projects.
- Build supportive relationships.
- Sustain cross-sectoral collaboration.
- Generate a sustainable development process.
Increase community participation and involvement by adopting a community development approach.
- Learn to facilitate economic self-sufficiency, community identify and shared leadership
- Increase motivation, commitment and competence in your community initiative
- Increase levels of responsibility with tools to make resident’s efforts effective.
These methods and applications can increase your ability to catalyze initiatives in your community with:
- Increased participation and involvement.
- Deeper sense of purpose and motivation.
- Sense of ownership and responsibility for their community.
Price is CAD$2,345 plus applicable tax.
Plan your project with maximum support and involvement of stakeholders. Keep a your project moving; so people don't falter after a good beginning.
Approaches to Community Development
- Short Survey of Approaches to CD
- Typical Development Impact Strategies
- Citizen Participation
- Social Economic and Cultural Principles of Whole System CD
Participatory Community Analysis
- Historical Scan
- The Social Process
- The Gridding Method
- Geo-Social Analysis
- Framework of Support
- The Function of the Community Consultation
- Strategic Planning Introduction
- Practical Vision
- Underlying Obstacles
- Strategic Directions
- Strategic Partnerships
- Action Planning
- Eventful Implementation
- Community Organization
- Implementation Methods
- Project Coordination and Tracking
Participatory Evaluation and Project Extension
- The Journey of Change in CD
- Project Evaluation
- Project Documentation
- Sharing Approaches That Work
- Master Strategies and Replication
- “Swamp Gravy” Story Creation
Who is it For?
- Community agencies, community development groups, community planners, community economic advisers, community relations officers, concerned citizens, environmentalists, private consultants, private business people.
- Valuable for people who want to create a systemic economic, political or cultural change in a community.
- Leaders who want to launch sustainable initiatives.
- Consultants and volunteers who work with many community initiatives.
- Those who need to understand how to interact with and support communities.
Key Methods Taught
The course includes theory, demonstration of methods, practice, examples, case studies and is highly participatory. This is a how-to course.
"Great process to work through the material - love that we practice practical tools we can take back to the workplace and easily apply them."
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