Assess Your Community and Create a Vision for the Future
Community members stand to benefit the most from your efforts, so gathering their input and gaining their support is key to success. Demonstrating local support is also vital to securing funding for your projects. Read more.
Tools for assessing your community:
Community Input Meeting in a Box:
Invitation – flyer, email, web posts
Input Meeting Leader’s Guide
Sign In Sheet
Input Meeting Agenda
Input Survey to be completed by each participant
Community Input Summary Report Form
Creating an Outdoor Vision
Track Results, Regroup and Set Your Next Priorities
Keeping track of what you have accomplished, and what hasn’t worked so well, informs how you work in the future.
Reporting your accomplishments in a simple annual report allows you to share results with stakeholders,
recognize their involvements, keep them involved, and expand your base of support.
The Adaptive Management Cycle from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research is a
good model for illustrating the cyclical nature of asset-based community development. It’s a cyclical process of planning, implementing, evaluating and learning, and adjusting.
Each year evaluate what has been accomplished and what you have learned by doing your work. Adjust your plans, do more planning as needed, and keep doing the projects that will make your town a great Outdoor Town!