The international toolkit presents successful results-based approaches from 6 countries for resident engagement and leadership facilitation. It includes proven tools, techniques, methods, processes and products for front-line workers that sustained involvement of neighborhood residents in local efforts to strenghten families and children.
Engaging residents as leaders has become an essential pathway to building strong communities.
Governments across the world are finding that engaging residents is smart business to help problem-solve quality of life issues.
The level of resident involvement is directly aligned with how much benefit the resident will receive.
Be clear about what role residents will play in any major effort before asking for their help.
Helping residents realize their leadership potential is key to their participation in the process.
Statements & Quotations
Without the meaningful and central involvement of parents and other community residents, efforts to achieve results are almost certain to fall short. Parent and community residents know best what their children experience and what is needed to ensure that they thrive.
The working group embraced the notion that change efforts work best when they build upon the uniqueness of each community. This approach ensures that attention is given to culture, language, race, ethnicity and traditions of each city, community, and/or neighborhood.
The ability to demonstrate that residents are engaged in the plans to re-design and develop these projects can help to circumvent opposition, reduce costly court challenges and public criticism that often accompanies urban renewal and change in traditionally vulnerable communities.
Making the commitment to utilize the leadership of residents in community change efforts requires a long-term commitment and on-going resources, supports, and investments in capacity building. A much bigger challenge is to sustain resident participation over time.
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