Community-Wide Issues and Evaluation
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
- Profiles of real world examples of different organizations working together to improve outcomes for youth, on the youth.gov site. Youth.gov is sponsored by 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.
- 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.
- Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence, and Competence is a 27-minute narrated PowerPoint training module. You can move through it at your own pace by clicking on the slides and scanning the video transcripts for each slide.
Community-level program development & evaluation
- Resource for designing mentoring programs for youth with disabilities: Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities (PDF, 2006, 124 pages)
- 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, (PDF, 8 pages, 2006) 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). End the Awkward YouTube Channel
New content 8/21/22