Community Engagement Resource Guide
- General Resources
- Scholarly Journals
- Community Engagement in Action
This guide is intended to assist librarians, public health practitioners, medical providers, researchers, other information and health professionals, and community members who are interested in conducting health information outreach through community engagement. Included are tools to better engage and meet the needs of specific communities, as well as examples and templates for easy reference while planning, implementing, and evaluating engagement.
Utilizing the MAP-IT (Moblize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track) Framework, as adapted from Healthy People 2020, a clear path for successful community engagement is outlined with each section of this guide covering each step of the MAP-IT framework. Within each section, a variety of resources are provided to assure options that best address unique community needs and interests and present a logical path forward.
To learn more about the MAP-IT Framework, follow the links below:
- American College Health Association: Map-It Framework
- Community Tool Box: MAP-IT
- Healthy People 2020 - Program Planning: MAP-IT
Mobilize individuals and organizations that care about the health of your community into a coalition.
- Enhancing Trust and Inclusion in Medical Research among Diverse Populations: Reflections from a researcher, librarian, and health educator - March 29, 2022
- Ensuring Research Benefits Communities The Role of Community Engagement - March 30, 2022
- HEALTH BYTES with Region 3 - Establishing Partnerships to Promote LGBTQIA+ Health - June 9, 2021
- Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction - April 30, 2020
Community Tool Box: Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
- This Community Tool Box chapter provides information that helps one build and maintain coalitions and partnerships within their communities.
Community Tool Box: Increasing Participation and Membership
- This Community Tool Box chapter provides information on how to increase participation and membership and asks you to consider who and why participants are a good fit for the task at hand.
Community Tool Box: Involving People Most Affected by the Problem
- This Community Tool Box chapter explains the importance of involving people directly affected by the problem you are looking to improve.
Let's Move in Libraries: Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library: A Toolkit
- The Let's Move in Libraries community engagement toolkit illustrates the importance of building and maintaining community relationships and outlines how to do the work effectively. Cultivating community partnerships requires getting buy-in from administrators, funders, and everyone involved in community outreach. This toolkit provides tips on how to win that support as well as steps to assure your library is relationship-driven, engaged, and communited to community partnerships.
National Center for Cultural Competence
- This webpage provides information on what a cultural broker is and how they can be beneficial and utilized.
- This website provides information and tools dedicated to decreasing health disparities and improving health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority populations.
Assess the areas of greatest need in your community, as well as the resources and other strengths that you can tap into to address those areas.
- Data is for Everyone: Census Tools to Better Understand Your Community - Feb 14, 2022
- Introduction to Community Needs Assessment: Finding the Data - July 8, 2020
Collaborative of Neighborhood Transformation: What is Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
- This is a toolkit created by the Collaborative of Neighborhood Transformation to share what asset based community development is and explain the key assets and principles of this strategy.
Community Tool Box: Developing Baseline Measures
- This Community Tool Box chapter provides information on how to choose the right indicators or baseline to best assess if the solution or intervention is effective in your community.
Healthy! Capital Counties: Asset Mapping
- This tool from Healthy! Capital Counties provides users with an easy to use asset mapping tool to use both with professionals and community members.
NYU Grossman School of Medicine Department of Population Health - City Health Dashboard
- The City Health Dashboard provides regularly updated data specific to neighboard and/or city boundaries - such as life expectancy, parck access, and children in poverty - to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the community.
Plan your approach: start with a vision of where you want to be as a community; then add strategies and action steps to help you achieve that vision.
NNLM Webinars and Resources
- Webinar: HEALTH BYTES with Region 3 - Incorporating Health Literacy in Community Engagement - Sept 8, 2021
NNLM Evaluation Center: 5 Steps to Evaluation
- The Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Evaluation Center (NEC) provides a five step planning guide on how to evaluate if your plan or project meets its goals.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Developing Program Goals and Measurable Objectives
- The CDC provides this resource to help you develop goals and objectives in an easy to understand format using the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, & Time-Bound) criteria.
Community Tool Box: Techniques for Leading Group Discussions
- When in the planning process you have to be able to lead group discussions with your stakeholders. The Community Tool Box provides us with a chapter sharing tips on how to best move forward with your community.
Implement your plan using concrete action steps that can be monitored and will make a difference.
NNLM Webinars and Resources
- Digital Literacy, Health Literacy, and Tools Developed for Program Implementation - April 19, 2021
- HEALTH BYTES with Region 3 - Community Wellness Liaisons & Inclusive Public Libraries - Nov 10, 2021
NNLM Evaluation Center: 5 Steps to Evaluation
- The Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Evaluation Office (NEC) provides a five step planning guide on how to evaluate if your plan or project meets its goals.
CDC: Implementation and Evaluation
- This is information provided by the CDC that can be utilized for implementation and evaluation after first using the CHANGE Tool or the Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation Tool that can be found under general resources of this guide.
Rural Health Information (RHI) Hub: Implementation Considerations
- This resource from the RHI HUB provides a great deal of information on what tasks to consider with your community during the implementation phase. It also provides implementation toolkits with a focus on the type of program or project of focus.
Track your progress over time.
NNLM Resources and Webinars
NNLM Evaluation Center: 5 Steps to Evaluation
The Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Evaluation Office (NEC) provides a five step planning guide on how to evaluate if your plan or project meets its goals. Considering this, the 5 steps are applied across 4 common populations including K-12 Health, Rural Health, Race & Ethnicity, and LGBTQIA+ Health, which we call pathways.
- Evaluation Pathways K - 12 - Jan 8, 2021
- Evaluation Pathways LGBTQIA+ Health - Jan 15, 2021
- Evaluation Pathways: Race & Ethnicity Jan 22, 2021
- Evaluation Pathways: Rural Health - Jan 29, 2021
CDC: A Framework for Program Evaluation
- The CDC created a framework for program evaluation to assist users in evaluating their programs in a matter that is practical by following an approach to evaluation that is integrated into the programs day to day operations.
CDC: Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan: Setting the Course for Effective Program Evaluation
- This workbook provides a six-step framework for the decisions and activities involved in conducting an evaluation. It can be used for guidance and facilitate capacity building on a wide range of evaluation topics. Resources in this workbook can be adapted to meet the evaluation needs of its users.
Community Tool Box: Choosing Questions and Planning the Evaluation
- In this chapter provided by the Community Tool Box, users will learn how to decide what questions to ask, when they should be asked, and who should be involved as a part of planning the evaluation process.
Community Tool Box: Developing an Evaluation Plan
- The Community Tool Box provides us with a chapter that will explain why, when, and how to develop an evaluation plan.
Community Tool Box: Evaluating the Initiative
- This is a tool kit which provides a step by step guide on how to evaluate your initiative or project.
NNLM Webinar: Using the Community Tool Box to Support Health Education and Health Promotion Efforts - July 2020
CDC: Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool
- The CHANGE Tool or Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation Tool was created by the CDC to assist those that want to gather data and resources in hopes of improving the health of their community.
- The Healthy People is an initiative developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of the nation.
- This is a tool designed by the University of Kansas in which they created core competencies to teach others how to collaborate with and build healthy communities.
DePaul University Asset-Based Community Development Institute
- This is a toolkit designed by faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, as well as individuals and organizations. This will provide resources on the basics of asset mapping, as well as how to conduct asset mapping.
Healthy Teen Network: Best Practices for Community Engagement
- This guide created by the Healthy Teen Network provides information and tips on community engagement with adolescents and teens.
Let’s Move in Libraries: Cultivating the Relationship-Driven Library
- Let’s Move in Libraries is managed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education. Let’s Move in Libraries strives to assist public libraries with developing creative ideas for programming, share success stories, and encourage new community partnerships with a focus on healthy living, physical and mental.
Libraries Transforming Communities
- This is a workbook created by the American Library Association to assist with understanding the community that one works within and how to better understand and prioritize the needs of that community.
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- This website provides a wealth of information related to climate change, outreach, performance improvement, public health, and various health conditions. NACCHO also provides toolkits and other resources through their website.
Rural Community Health Toolkit
- This toolkit created by the Rural Health Information Hub provides information, resources, and materials to assist those in and working with rural communities to develop needed health programing.
WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications
- The World Health Organization (WHO) created a framework for effective communication. When working with individuals different from yourself, clear communication is key to a successful partnership.
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
- “The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.”
- “The Journal of Community Practice is an interdisciplinary journal grounded in social welfare. The journal provides a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, social action, and social change. The journal contributes to the advancement of knowledge related to numerous disciplines, including social work and the social sciences, urban planning, social and economic development, community organizing, policy analysis, urban and rural sociology, community health, public administration, and nonprofit management. As a forum for authors and a resource for readers, this journal makes an invaluable contribution to practice in community settings from conceptualization to implementation to evaluation.”
Journal of Deliberative Democracy
- “The Journal of Deliberative Democracy (formerly the Journal of Public Deliberation) is an open access journal publishing articles that shape the course of scholarship on deliberative democracy. It is the forum for the latest thinking, emerging debates, alternative perspectives, as well as critical views on deliberation. The journal welcomes submissions from all theoretical and methodological traditions. It aims to be the platform to broker knowledge between scholars and practitioners of citizen engagement.”
Examples of Community Engagement in Action
Are you looking for more examples of what a successful community engagement project looks like? Follow the links below for more information:
- NNLM Discovery Podcast Series
- Health People 2030 - Healthy People in Action
- Video: Black Child Legacy Campaign - Cultural Broker Community Forum
- Community Tool Box: Understanding Perspectives on the Problem - Saginaw, Michigan
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Health Assessment
- Sherburne County Health and Human Services - Public Health Division: Community Health Improvement Plan