• Community strategy is 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 nonprofits optimize community strategy using a proven support model outlined below.
  • 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 of one or more community strategies.  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 apply a creative solution called a strategy collaborative to bring people together for learning and action.

  • A strategy collaborative is a planned program for engaging teams of people from multiple organizations in collaborative learning and action to accomplish defined goals.
  • A strategy 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 Strategic Learning page to learn more about strategy collaboratives.

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.

Overview

Collaboration is essential for addressing community challenges.  CHS is a leader in producing community learning collaboratives to help local stakeholders accomplish their goals for capacity building and community impact.

  • A community collaborative can be convened by a foundation, public agency, or another organization seeking to foster community change.
  • 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 a few to dozens.
  • The time period could run from a few weeks to months.
  • 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.

Recent Examples

Recent examples of community collaboratives supported by CHS include:

  1. Primary Care. A primary care collaborative to help safety net health care providers build capacity for patient centered medical home recognition.
  2. Chronic Care. A chronic care collaborative to improve services and supports for community residents with with chronic conditions.
  3. Mental Health. A mental health collaborative to improve services and supports for community residents with mental health conditions.
  4. Senior Services. A senior services collaborative to improve community services and supports for older adults.
  5. Early Childhood. An early childhood screening collaborative to improve screening and referral pathways for young children with developmental concerns.
  6. School Health. A school health collaborative to develop and implement school/community partnerships for improving child health.
  7. Telehealth. A telehealth strategy collaborative to help a coalition of rural communities develop strategies for improving access to services via telehealth.

How CHS Can Help

If your organization would like to create a community collaborative, CHS can help you:

  1. Define objectives for the collaborative.
  2. Assess learning needs of participants.
  3. Design learning activities and programs.
  4. Develop learning resources including content and subject matter experts.
  5. Facilitate learning events and activities.
  6. Support individual and team learning throughout the program.
  7. Evaluate the community impact of the collaborative.
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