• Healthy community strategies are focused on creating positive community impact through effective programs and partnerships.
  • Community strategy requires choices about what community needs you will address, what partnerships you will cultivate,  and how you will manage available resources to achieve your goals.
  • At CHS we specialize in helping groups of community partners innovate for community impact.
  • Learn more about available supports below, and contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Community strategy begins with a shared understanding of community needs and assets.  CHS can help you:

  • Define the community focus
  • Develop quantitative indicators of community health and well-being
  • Generate qualitative insights about community needs, community assets, community gaps, and opportunities for improvement
  • Share results in efficient reports and visualizations
  • Use results to inform community strategy development.

The results of the community assessment can be used to inform development community strategies to address specific issues.  CHS can help you:

  • Engage key stakeholders as strategy partners
  • Define a shared vision, a set of values, and set of priorities for creating community impact
  • Create strategic goals, an action plan, and a funding plan
  • Specify intended results and key performance indicators
  • Design a collaborative structure for guiding and managing the effort.

Collaboration is essential for solving complex community problems. At CHS we work with our client partners to create community collaboratives that help people build capacity for community health improvement.

  • A community collaborative is a planned program for engaging teams of people from multiple organizations in collaborative learning and action to accomplish defined goals.
  • A community collaborative can be convened by a foundation, an association, or another organization seeking to foster collaboration for learning and action.
  • The basic approach is to choose a focus, engage participants, define goals, design and develop supports, and collaborate on learning and action to accomplish the goals.
  • The number of organizations participating could range from three to dozens depending on the scope and nature of the project.
  • The time period could run from a few weeks to many months, depending on the scope and nature of the project.
  • The supports and activities are tailored for the project, and typically include a mix of online resources, virtual meetings, in-person strategy sessions, coaching, and technical assistance.

Visit our action learning collaboratives page to learn more about how to create a community collaborative.

Community initiatives require focused execution aimed at optimizing results.  CHS can help you:

  • Assure that community partners are equipped and ready to execute the initiative
  • Assure that essential inputs and resources are available
  • Assure that key strategies are being executed
  • Assess whether key outputs, outcomes and impacts are being achieved
  • Make strategic adjustments to the community initiative based on feedback and evaluation.

Demonstrating community impact is essential for sustaining the initiative.  CHS can help Collaborative Members:

  • Design efficient evaluations
  • Build internal capabilities for evaluation
  • Meet evaluation requirements of funders
  • Use evaluation to inform strategic learning and improvement
  • Demonstrate community impact to key stakeholders.

Community innovation happens when multiple organizations collaborate to create positive change at the community level. We can describe community innovation in terms of their purpose, setting, focus, and scope, and partners.

  • The purpose of community innovation is to improve services, supports, and outcomes for community residents.
  • The setting for community innovation could be a neighborhood, city, county, or region.
  • The focus for community innovation could encompass a wide range of initiatives affecting the health and well-being of community members, including arts & culture, education, health care, human services, parks and recreation, public health, public safety, community development, and other areas.
  • The scope of community innovation could range from improving elements of a single community service to creating a community-wide innovation collaborative.
  • The partners in community innovation could include consumers, community-based providers, community funders, and other enablers of community change.

At CHS we help community partners apply a proven model for creating community innovation.  Contact us to learn more about applying this model in your community setting.

  1. Focus. Select a focus for creating positive community change.
  2. Engage. Engage others as partners in community innovation.
  3. Explore. Explore the community context surrounding the project.
  4. Envision. Envision the possibilities for community innovation.
  5. Commit. Commit to working together on community innovation.
  6. Design. Design and test innovations using human-centered design principles.
  7. Implement. Implement and optimize innovations with insight from the people involved.
  8. Scale. Scale and sustain innovations to maximize community impact.
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