This reflective activity encourages participants to think about their priorities and make some quick decisions about them. It's an active exercise where participants vote with their feet and is good for closing out a workshop, or conversely, for starting out.
This activity is a wonderful opportunity for participants to share and learn from fellow participants about particular groups and subgroups that we all belong to. The activity promotes active listening and alliance-building.
This is a great starter activity for new groups in which participants converse with half of other group members, finishing statements read to them by the facilitator. Questions can be tailored to be superficial in nature or to address a series of diversity issues.
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In this chapter:
Section 1. Developing a Plan for Identifying Local Needs and Resources
Section 2. Understanding and Describing the Community
Section 3. Conducting Public Forums and Listening Sessions
Section 4. Collecting Information About the Problem
Section 5. Analyzing Community Problems
Section 6. Conducting Focus Groups
Section 7. Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys
Section 8. Identifying Community Assets and Resources
Section 9. Developing Baseline Measures of Behavior
Section 10. Conducting Concerns Surveys
Section 11. Determining Service Utilization
Section 12. Conducting Interviews
Section 13. Conducting Surveys
Section 14. SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Section 15. Qualitative Methods to Assess Community Issues
Section 16. Geographic Information Systems: Tools for Community Mapping
Section 17. Leading a Community Dialogue on Building a Healthy Community
Section 18. Creating and Using Community Report Cards
Section 19. Using Public Records and Archival Data
Community Assessment, Agenda Setting, and Choice of Broad Strategies
Contains information about how to assess community needs and resources (e.g. conducting listening sessions, analyzing problems) how to get issues on the public agenda (e.g., gaining public support), and how to choose broad strategies to promote community health and development (e.g., building coalitions).