Community Toolbox

Get help taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development.

Feb 23, 2014 | ARTICLE

Excerpted from the KU Website

The KU Community Tool Box (CTB), is a free, capacity-building web site available to communities. The Community Tool Box is developed and maintained by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS (U.S.A.) and other national and global partners. With over 7,000 pages of information (and growing), it includes step-by-step guides for key skill areas, real-life examples, and supports for problem solving. The CTB is the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world. In addition to its availability in English, there are a number of CTB tools that have been translated and are now also available in Spanish.

Tool Box materials focus on building the capacity of local, national, and global efforts to bring about change. The Community Tool Box directs users to just-in-time access to capacity-building resources. It does so through several featured gateways to the tools.

The vast resources of the CTB are organized by what users may want to do. These include:

  1. Learn a Skill: A Table of Contents links you to 46 Chapters and nearly 300 Sections that provide training in specific skills of community work.
  2. Plan the Work: Toolkits provide outlines for tasks, examples, and links to how-to information for 16 core competencies involved in doing this work.
  3. Solve a Problem: “Trouble Shooting Guides” list common dilemmas you face in this work, questions for analysis, and links to relevant supports for solving them.
  4. Explore Best Processes and Practices: Evidence, examples, and links to tools help you make the case for a set of key mechanisms that advance your work.
  5. Connect with Others: Learn with others about this work in online forums, ask a question of an advisor, and find links to other online resources.