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What you will learn

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    ​Learn to use a variety of tools used to engage stakeholders, collect data, and more deeply understand communities.

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    ​Learn how to enter a community, map systems and conduct rapid assessments to provide a snapshot of the community or organization.

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    Learn how to m​aintain ethical conduct throughout a community transformation initiative.

Skills you will gain

Survey DesignOutreach and engagementRapid assessmentSystem MappingSystems Thinking

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Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 3-5 hours per week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Strategies for Effective Engagement

14 videos (Total 107 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Introduction to Techniques for Data Collection2m
Building Trust and Rapport5m
Building Trust and Rapport: Part 213m
Rapid Assessment Basics: Part 19m
Rapid Assessment Basics: Part 28m
Rapid Assessments and Basics: Part 36m
Rapid Assessment Basics: Part 410m
Participant Observation9m
Community Introduction9m
Community Meeting7m
Building Your Local Network8m
Ethics, Confidentiality, Anonymity, Trust7m
Ethics, Confidentiality, Anonymity, Trust: Part 25m
4 readings
Sage Methods: Participatory Rapid Appraisal20m
Rapid Appraisal Methods30m
Spradley: Participant Observation10m
Williams and Stewart: Sense of Place1m
3 practice exercises
Reviewing Trust and Rapport5m
Reviewing Rapid Assessment Basics5m
Techniques for Data Collection Module Quiz20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Systems Mapping and Analysis

12 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Systems Thinking: Fundamental Concepts5m
Systems Mapping5m
Systems Mapping: Getting Started6m
Systems Mapping: Making the Map10m
Systems Mapping: Making the Map 2.08m
Stakeholder Mapping: Introduction6m
Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying the Stakeholders6m
Stakeholder Mapping: Analyzing5m
Stakeholder Mapping: Mapping5m
Stakeholder Mapping: Mapping5m
Stakeholder Mapping: Prioritizing3m
1 reading
Student Guide to Mapping a System15m
2 practice exercises
Review of Stakeholder Mapping10m
End of Systems Mapping and Analysis Quiz20m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

System Mapping

17 videos (Total 107 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
17 videos
Introduction to Interviews: Part 110m
Introduction to Interviews: Part 213m
Interview Tips9m
Focus Groups8m
Introduction to Surveys3m
Intercept Surveys4m
Personal Surveys6m
Sampling for Surveys8m
Sampling for Surveys: Part 211m
Sampling for Surveys: Part 34m
Survey Questions: Part 1 Open Questions5m
Survey Questions: Part 22m
Survey Questions: Part 31m
Survey Questions: Part 44m
Survey Design Tips4m
Strategies for Effective Engagement: Final Assignment5m
1 reading
Further Reading15m
2 practice exercises
Reviewing Survey Questions10m
End of Conducting Interviews and Surveys Quiz15m

Instructor

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Joel Hartter

Associate Professor and Faculty Director MENV
Masters of the Environment

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Leading Sustainable Community Transformation Specialization

The ability to engage stakeholders is an increasingly important competency that requires tact, strategy, collaboration, and high quality communication skills. Solving complex problems effectively, appropriately, and in a timely manner requires a major shift in mindset, moving away from siloed, discipline-specific methods.The three courses in this specialization are designed to provide a foundation for approaching complex problems, engaging with stakeholders, and providing tools to collect and analyze data to solve community transformation challenges holistically....
Leading Sustainable Community Transformation

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