Community Engagement Guidebook

Community Engagement Guidebook

Child entering a raffleOverview: What is Community Engagement?
Resources & Tools
Groups & Events: Planning, Organizing, and Conducting
Multicultural Community Resources
Community Engagement Resources

Engaging community members in problem-solving solutions to issues that affect them is one of the fundamental principles of public health. The most effective way to achieve public health goals, especially the elimination of disparities in health status, is to actively engage those experiencing the problems in every aspect of addressing them. Community engagement means involving community members in all activities—from identifying the relevant issues and making decisions about how to address them, to evaluating and sharing the results with the community. The information found here provides background, tips and tools for effective community engagement.

Overview: What is Community Engagement?

These pages examine the principles and lessons behind community engagement.

Resources and Tools

These pages provide models, strategies and tools for community engagement.

Things to Know when Choosing Tools

Strategies and Skills


Evaluating Your Success

Groups and Events: Planning, Organizing, and Conducting

Mobilizing key community people and organizations—and keeping them engaged—helps ensure a project's success. These tools focus on the process of forming and running groups and meetings.

Charges, Missions, and Program Overviews

Meeting Protocol: Conducting and Facilitating Meetings

Facilitating and Encouraging Participation

Decision-Making Styles and Models

Multicultural Community Resources

The process of community engagement often involves integrating practices of preventing discrimination, correcting imbalances, and managing relationships of difference. These tools can help to increase diversity, promote cultural competence, and enhance organizational credibility and effectiveness in your project or program.

Community Engagement Resources

This page contains links to additional information on community engagement and related information.