Community-Wide Issues and Evaluation

For students at risk and students with IEPs

Definition: Educators, community services providers, students, families, and employers work together to identify and address school and community-level transition education and services issues, including program development and evaluation, based upon the community context.


  • Interagency coordinating body that includes consumers, parents, services providers, and employers
  • Understanding the community context
  • Community-level program development and evaluation

Coordinating body

Profiles of real world examples of ways that different organizations work together to improve outcomes for youth, from the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.Community of Practice information

The New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education is a non-partisan organization composed of business, education, philanthropic and public policy leaders committed to improving the quality, access, and relevance of education for New Hampshire citizens of all ages.

Community context

A troubleshooting guide of common problems faced by those doing community work with reflection questions to help clarify the issues, and easily access related resources, from the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.

Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections is a free online training module from the Iris Center. It’s the second in a two-part series and addresses considerations and recommendations for transitioning youth from juvenile corrections facilities back to community, school, and workplace settings. It takes about two hours to complete. Course outline

A collection of TED Talks on the topic of collaboration.

Focus on a community’s strengths rather than its deficits: “Building from Strength: Asset-Based Community Development,”  an article from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Program development and evaluation

Resource for designing mentoring programs for youth, including youth with disabilities: Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities

Part of an online manual for identifying community assets and resources from the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. Includes tools to both identify and harness the assets to meet community needs and to strengthen the whole community.

Blending and braiding explained: Blending And Braiding Funds And Resources: The Intermediary As Facilitator, from the National Coalition on Workforce and Disability.

Disability awareness videos to educate and raise awareness in the workplace. These are part of an End the Awkward Campaign in the United Kingdom. They're short (under a minute). An example:

End the Awkward YouTube channel