Power tools in Community Tool Box, from Christina Holt

Fifth in our Best practices in Community Empowerment series.

Christina Holt is Associate Director for Community Tool Box Services at Work Group for Community Health and Development. She got her MA in Child Development and Psychology, and her BA in Community Leadership Development, from the University of Kansas. Christina was a Research Associate at the KU Work Group, then served at Community Living Opportunities from 2004 to 2007, as Senior Administrator, Behavior Analyst, and Director of Behavioral Services and Family Enhancement.

Any thoughts/stories on the practice of hoarding/sharing best practices?

There are so many best practices and promising approaches to be shared; we have so much to learn from others who have gone before us in the work of transforming our communities. There are many wonderful web resources available to support comprehensive community develoment, as well as categorical efforts. Best wishes to those who are seeking to learn from others and create meaningful change in their own community!

Community Tool Box — Links to Databases of Best Practices – The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement (available in both English and Spanish).

The Tool Box exists to help connect people to ideas and resources to support their community-based efforts. Because of increased interest in using best practices and evidence-based approaches, the Tool Box offers a collection of links to free online databases that contain information on what works in addressing specific problems or goals related to community health and development.

Community Tool Box — Community InnovatorsAn abundance of innovative work is being undertaken across the globe to help communities improve their health and well-being, and there is a lot to be learned. Through the Out of the Box competition, more than 300 stories of community change emerged from 42 countries around the world.  These stories represent innovative approaches communities around the world have taken to address local issues and goals.

We hope that you find inspiration in these stories of change, and that you will check as additional stories from around the world are featured each week through the coming year.

Conditions that May Affect Success in Implementing Best Processes – This resource includes reflection questions and tools to enable “what works” to work, likely relevant to any evidence-based or promising approach being implemented.

The Community Guide: What Works to Promote Health – The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you choose programs and policies to improve health in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer questions such as: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Next up: Colin Gallagher

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