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The Community Engagement Almanac: A Tactical Guide for Supporting Productive and Equitable Conversations with Community-Based Stakeholders

Inspired by the Farmers’ Almanac, this resource helps community-based organizations plan for the upcoming year of comprehensive engagement. With more than a decade of experience, TYTHEdesign designed this resource with challenges faced by the social sector in mind. It presents best practices and ideas that respond to the constantly changing environment and effective tools to make engagement decisions equitably to help you advocate for the value of community engagement, even during crisis.

 

Use this almanac to proactively prepare to facilitate conversations across different formats, from remote to physically distanced, while maximizing the health and safety of stakeholders.


This almanac is not oriented to be read from start to finish. Instead, consider it a resource you can continue to refer back to as the ways you reach stakeholders and your work evolves. As community, context, programs, and services are rapidly shifting, your community engagement practices must also adapt. We recommend utilizing sections most pertinent to your engagement and team’s needs. You can also download a Spanish language version of the almanac.

 

WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THE ALMANAC 

The almanac is intended to guide community engagement conducted today as we navigate varying degrees of ‘reopening,’ and as we transition into a ‘post-pandemic’ world. The tools, assessments, catalog, and mini-guides allow for you to begin to adapt your community engagement strategies for this year and beyond

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Curious to learn more or find ways to share this with your team? We have created a set of webinars to introduce you to highlights from the almanac and help you navigate its varied features and components. The webinar series also includes interviews from the field with community engagement practitioners across New York City.
WHY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MATTERS

The almanac is intended to guide community engagement conducted today as we navigate varying degrees of ‘reopening,’ and as we transition into a ‘post-pandemic’ world. The tools, assessments, catalog, and mini-guides allow for you to begin to adapt your community engagement strategies for this year and beyond

WEBINAR 1. HOW TO USE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ALMANAC 

This webinar is designed as a ‘how to’ guide for the newly updated Community Engagement Almanac. The goal is to introduce this tool to a broad audience and outline how best you can use it within your own organizations.


Community Guest:
Kristina Drury, TYTHEdesign

WEBINAR 2. DEEP-DIVE INTO PLANNING, FACILITATION AND EVALUATION 

This webinar is designed as a quick review of the almanac’s Mini-Guides for Planning, Facilitation, and Engagement Evaluation, as well as a set of tools  intended to guide your planning process.


Community Guest:
Christina Nieves, DOHMH

WEBINAR 3. DEEP-DIVE INTO ANTI-OPPRESSION, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION

This webinar is designed as a quick review of the almanac’s Mini-Guide for Anti-Oppression, Inclusion, and Accessibility, as well as an Equity and Inclusion Assessment that can support your planning process.

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Community Guest(s):
Hillary Clark, TYTHEdesign and Arlen Zamula, DOHMH

WEBINAR 3. DEEP-DIVE INTO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORMATS

This webinar is designed as a review of the almanac’s Mini-Guides for Virtual, Phone/SMS, Physically Distant, and Hybrid Engagements, providing a starting point for all types of community engagement.

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Community Guest(s): Philippa Godoy, El Barrio Bikes and Kimberly Moore, Health in Action

DEVELOPMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DOHMH

Designed in partnership with the Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health, a division of the NYC Department of Health,the Community Engagement Almanac was developed in response to a public health agency’s pivot to adapt to COVID-19, while fulfilling the charge for sustaining community engagement outcomes. We built this almanac to not only address the needs now, but to capture best practices supporting their future facilitation. All content is usable in any social sector organization looking to sustain their community engagement practices in an ever-changing public health climate.

 

 

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