This toolkit is for people working in community development, health and community leaders who want to strengthen community resilience factors: social networks & support, positive outlook, learning, early experience, environment & lifestyle, infrastructure, sense of purpose, diverse economy, embracing differences, beliefs and leadership.
- University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland (2008)
Offers readiness assessment tools, fact sheets, and case studies.
– National Collaborating Centre on Environmental Health
Provides examples of local governments acting on the built environment.
– Built Environment and Active Transportation (BEAT)
Social Enterprises and Co-ops (businesses owned by a non-profit) are tools for the provision of health services, employment and training or other non-profit missions. The guide walks you through each stage of the development path with many useful worksheets and resources.
- SERA Community Ventures
A resource designed to help people in the public sector and in the community to understand how to link community experience to the policy-making process.
Provides ideas about how to understand the public policy process, build capacities to link community experience to public policy, and influence public policy.
– Health Canada: Population and Public Health Branch (Atlantic Region)
The Yarrow Eco Village Society started in 2002 with 25 acres in the Fraser Valley and today Groundswell Co-Housing is almost sold out, the Community Farm is fully subscribed and they are in development stages for Elderberry Seniors Co-housing. Read about their early development process or vist their website for current contacts.
- Yarrow Eco Village
Provides useful advice for creating effective policies related to healthy air.
– West Coast Environmental Law
Seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and understanding between community groups and local governments by presenting Healthy Communities experiences from both the municipal and community group perspectives.
– Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
A free one-page graphic representation of four phases of community development that measures community readiness.
– Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL)
Provides tools for local governments to engage residents in assessing needs and priorities to make housing and surrounding facilities universally accessible.
– Spinal Cord Injury BC
This resource provides a variety of information from provincial, national and international sources on the topic of community development and community capacity building.
– Health Promotion Clearinghouse
In this short article as part of UNBC's Northern Studies series, geography professor Greg Halseth talks about the importance of considering place and scale when engaging in community development and capacity-building processes.
This on-line toolkit from Ontario supports rural communities to develop their own healthy food plan. The Toolkit is an assessment and planning resource with three steps: i. Getting Started ii. Visioning Exercises iii. SWOT Analysis and Asset / Gap Mapping. Tools and case studies are included.
- Nourish Ontario
A comprehensive guide for planning and developing your own community investment fund based on the experience of the Vancouver Island Community Investment Fund. See also Unleashing Local Capital for a distinctly rural example.
- Sarah Amyot
This guide from Scotland covers important considerations in small town community engagement and offers 15 pages of engagement tools from arts based to focus groups, open space, future search and street stalls.
- Community Places