The Community Readiness Model was developed at the Tri-Ethnic Center to assess how ready a community is to address an issue. The basic premise is that matching an intervention to a community’s level of readiness is absolutely essential for success. Efforts that are too ambitious are likely to fail because community members will not be ready or able to respond. To maximize chances for success, the Community Readiness Model offers tools to measure readiness and to develop stage-appropriate strategies that include:
Addressing community readiness for change; Increasing community capacity, and Creating a climate that makes change possible.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) launched the Community Engagement for Change Initiative in order to identify and learn from organizations and systems that are employing community mobilization strategies to prevent family violence. It is the FVPF’s hope that, after reading this report, community leaders and residents, social service providers, domestic violence advocates, and child welfare workers will be able to approach community engagement to prevent family violence from a more informed perspective. This, in turn, should facilitate better working relationships among participating groups and individuals and help foster the successful creation and implementation of new community-based engagement efforts to combat family violence in communities across the country(Fullwood C.)
by the Ms. Foundation & Collaborative Fund for Youth-Led Social Change (CFYS) - Launched in 2000, CFYS grew out of an effort of funders and youth practitioners to support work at the intersection of youth development, youth organizing, and gender. The Ms. Foundation was known for understanding the importance of gender in the lives of young women and men. It was one of the first foundations to promote the merging of youth development and youth organizing strategies. And, it was ready to learn and share stories about how youth organizations were combining youth development, youth organizing, and gender-based programming in their work.