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Diploma in Community Development

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Diploma in Community Development introduces how community development can bring significant positive changes to a local community, and reviews the techniques needed to run successful community projects.

    The course begins by introducing you to what is needed to get a community group started and how to organise a community group to take action. Using community health as a springboard for understanding community development, you will learn about the values, concepts and practices commonly found in the community development sector. You will learn how to define the community and its characteristics, and identify an issue to be actioned within the community. You will look at the various roles within a community group and the strategies it can use to further its objectives.

    The course then guides you on how to maintain momentum during a community development project and how to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. You will learn about media communication techniques, how to work with other organisations in the community, how to recruit community volunteers and what makes for a successful volunteer program. You will also learn about the methods you can use to evaluate the community project and what you need to do to sustain progress in a community group.

    You will get an overview of the challenges of including minorities in a community development project and you will learn about the benefits that accrue to an organisation or community that is inclusive. You will learn to identify diversity in the community and how to include minority groups who may have been overlooked in the decision making process. You will be introduced to a number of tools and techniques, such as how to use a template for the terms of reference or how to conduct a focus group, that will help you implement inclusiveness. You will be guided through ethical practice and principles in the context of community development and who should abide by these guidelines as well as reviewing examples of unethical behaviour.

    You will be taken through the process of planning a promotional program using a health promotion program as a case study. You will learn how to create specific promotional objectives and outcomes, choose appropriate strategies and resources, and set indicators for measuring the success of the promotion. You will learn how identify and apply for sources of funding for your community development project. You will learn how to manage the process of developing the funding proposal, how to package the proposal, how to submit it for consideration and how to follow up after submission. Sample documents and worksheets for the various steps are included with the course.

    This free Diploma course will be of great interest to professionals or volunteers working in community development and with community organisations. It will also be of interest to learners who would like to know more about community development and its role in changing and improving local communities.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:
    - Define community development values, concepts and practices;
    - Identify community development strategies and features;
    - List success factors in community partnerships and collaborations;
    - List the characteristics of an effective team;
    - Explain what governance is and what the key areas to be monitored.
    - Describe some key communication techniques and active listening;
    - List the different media channels that can be used to engage with the public;
    - Identify the key factors that make a successful partnership;
    - Outline the components of a successful volunteer program;
    - Discuss the different project evaluation methods that can be used;
    - List activities that can help sustain momentum within a community group;
    - Identify the steps in each stage in implementing inclusiveness;
    - Discuss ways to make events more inclusive;
    - Explain ethics in the context of community development;
    - Identify and discuss the key areas of ethics to be considered in community projects;
    - Identify strategies to encourage diverse community involvement;
    - Explain the importance of planning and managing a promotional program;
    - List the six stages of needed to conduct a situations assessment;
    - Explain the purpose of and the process for creating outcome objectives;
    - Explain the reason for developing the program plan before seeking funding;
    - Identify and research potential funders;
    - Outline the content of each section of the proposal.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Diploma in Community Development
  • Free

  • 10-15 Hours

  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 250 Pts

Modules List( 14 )
  • DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Diploma in Community Development Course Resource Files View Resource
  • SECTION 1: BUILDING THE TEAM AND DEVELOPING THE P...
  • Module
    1
    Introduction to Community Development
    • In this module you will learn how to define the community and its characteristics, and identify an issue to be actioned within the community. You will look at the various roles within a community group and the strategies it can use to further its objectives.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What is community development?
    • Process Strategies and Roles
    • Community Development Roles
    • Community Collaboration
    • Working Effectively Across Different Organizational Cultures
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    2
    Community Development - Getting Started
    • You will learn about tools that can be used to analyse the community such as community asset mapping and the community characteristic checklist. You will also get an overview of the types of collaboration that may be possible with other organisations found in the community development sector.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Getting To Know Your Community
    • Assessing Your Community
    • Using Criteria and Processes to Set Priorities
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    3
    Community Development - Getting Organized
    • In this module you will learn about creating a team that can identify issues within the community group from ensuring inclusive participation to navigation conflict as well as the practical aspects of governance, liability and structure of the community group.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Building the Team
    • Effective Meetings
    • Planning for Change
    • Governance - Part 1
    • Governance - Part 2
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    4
    Community Development - Communication and Leadership Skills
    • This module looks at the skills involved in delivering projects such as communication and facilitation techniques, preparing presentations and leadership skills. It also reviews media relations such as writing a press release or how to answer a difficult question.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Communication Skills
    • Learning Styles
    • Facilitation Skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Media Relations
    • Leadership Skills
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    5
    Successful Partnerships in Community Development
    • This module focuses on working with other organisations and forming successful partnerships. The phases of fundraising and pros and cons of different types of fundraising are reviewed as is what you need to do to have a successful volunteer program.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Working Together
    • Making It Happen
    • Finding Resources
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    6
    Community Development - Evaluating and Sustaining the Project
    • In this module you will explore why it is important to evaluate the community project, what evaluation methods you can use to evaluate the project and what you need to do to sustain progress in a community group.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Choosing an Evaluation Format
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Sustaining Momentum
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    7
    Diploma in Community Development First Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Community Development First Assessment
  • SECTION 2: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR A SUCCESSFUL C...
  • Module
    8
    Understanding Diversity and Inclusion
    • This module looks at diversity and inclusion, what the barriers to inclusion and how can they be overcome. It outlines the steps necessary to implement an inclusive policy in your organisation or group.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion
    • Issues and Challenges
    • An Organizational Change Strategy
    • Steps to Inclusivity - Part 1
    • Steps to Inclusivity - Part 2
    • Legal Considerations
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    9
    Tools and Techniques for Implementing Inclusiveness
    • This module provides the tools and techniques necessary to implement inclusiveness in and organisation along with the templates in the resources pdf that can be modified to fit your requirements.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Planning Inclusive Events
    • Responding to Opposition
    • Sample Terms of Reference
    • Assessing the Community Demographic
    • Encouraging Diverse Community Involvement
    • Key Representative Interviews
    • Conducting Focus Groups
    • Organizational Self-Assessment Tool
    • Roles and Responsibilities of Stakeholders
    • Evaluating Your Success
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    10
    The Role of Ethics in Community Development
    • This module will look at the role ethics play in community development projects. You will look at what is meant by the word 'ethics' and why ethical behwaviour is important. You will also study what ethical issues should be considered in community development projects and who is subject to a code of ethics.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Do We Mean By Ethics?
    • Why Ethical Behavior is Important
    • Who Is Subject To A Code Of Ethics?
    • What Are The Ethical Issues To Be Considered?
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    11
    Planning Health Promotion Programs
    • This module provides the tools and techniques necessary to manage and plan a promotion campaign in the community development area. It takes you through step by step from the situational assessment and goal setting to the reviewing the plan for completeness.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Manage the Planning Process
    • Conduct a Situational Assessment
    • Set Goals, Audiences and Outcome Objectives
    • Choose Strategies and Activities and Assign Resources
    • Develop Indicators
    • Review the Plan
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    12
    Seeking Funding for Community Projects
    • This module will walk you through the process of seeking funding for community projects, from firming out your project plan and identifying possible funding sources to developing and submitting the proposal.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Developing Program Plan
    • Seeking Funding
    • Manage the Proposal Development Process
    • Developing Your Proposal
    • Producing and Packaging Proposal
    • Submitting Proposal and Follow-up
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    13
    Diploma in Community Development Second Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Community Development Second Assessment
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module
    14
    Diploma in Community Development Final Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Community Development Final Assessment
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