We can lead you in a community engagement process.
(We’ve conducted over 30!)
We have over 25 years of experience with community based participatory research. Through this work, we have created a strategy for engaging residents and empowering a community which we call the Community Engagement Process (CEP).
The Community Engagement Process is a set of steps for:
Building consensus and involvement in the community;
Understanding community assets, planning solutions to community problems; and
Truly engaging community residents in these tasks.
The key to the CEP is engaging community residents. There are many benefits to engaging these residents. They become engaged in the issue by being part of developing instruments used to collect data, collecting data, and disseminating findings. It is intensified when it is part of a group experience, and not isolated individuals acting alone. Residents also bring innovative ideas and perspectives. They also stay in the community to work on the problem. Evaluators move on after a CEP is completed, but residents continue to live in their communities. When residents are educated through conducting a CEP and engaged by the belief that something might be done, they continue to work on an issue. They learn something about assessing community needs, collecting data, and using data to address issues. This expands the residents’ résumés and incomes.
Philliber often successfully engages individuals from ethnically diverse, underserved, low income, and/or historically marginalized populations such as members of the Latino and/or Hispanic community, LGBTQ youth, HIV patients, foster care youth, or those who have experienced trauma. Without successful engagement of these communities, projects would not have been effective and accurate data could not have been collected.
We have conducted CEPs in 13 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
A few select recent or key community engagement processes include:
The Brighter Futures Initiative, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
This organization seeks to increase school readiness and school success among children. After completing CEPs in multiple targeted neighborhoods in Hartford and assessing the school readiness of hundreds of children, for more than a decade, Philliber documented the impact the Initiative had in helping families meet basic needs and helping young children enter school ready to learn and succeed.
Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) with the Robin Hood Foundation
Philliber launched a study to measure the well-being of residents in the Harlem Children’s Zone (a 24-block area in central Harlem). The study compared those who had been provided HCZ services with those who had not yet been reached. Again, residents were key to the work.
The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Philliber worked with residents to complete baseline surveys of 400 youth to assess their sexual attitudes, behaviors, and experience. In 2015, Philliber returned to determine what changes had occurred.