- At CHS we use an innovative approach called a strategy collaborative to bring people together for focused learning and action.
- We design community strategy collaboratives to facilitate collaboration between the partner organizations in community initiatives.
- A community strategy collaborative could be convened by a foundation, an association, a public agency, and other organizations interested in bringing people together to create community impact.
- Visit our strategy collaboratives page to learn more about this innovative model.
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 of one or more community initiatives. 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.
Community strategies will fall short if the community partners lack the necessary capacity for execution. CHS can help Collaborative Members:
- Define roles and responsibilities for the community initiative
- Optimize policies, systems, and structures for implementation
- Support team learning and development for implementation
- Develop key performance indicators and evaluation plans
- Define processes for assuring efficient communication and coordination for implementation.
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.
Over 20 years we have developed dozens of tools that we can apply to help your organization develop effective community strategies, including:
- Community health needs assessment
- Community mapping
- Community location analysis
- Community data analysis
- Community surveys
- Community interviews
- Community insight analysis (qualitative)
- Community meeting facilitation
- Community strategy design
- Community collaboration portals
- Community program design
- Community program evaluation
- Community impact analysis
- Public policy analysis
Community needs can vary remarkably across neighborhoods that lie within or across city and county lines. CHS applies community mapping tools to help organizations understand geographic variations in community needs, community assets, and access to services and supports. The results can be used to inform site location, program planning, strategic planning, and resource development.