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  • Michelle Molina

Participatory Approach Tips for Nonprofits

Participatory approaches can be complex to implement. However, they are extremely beneficial for nonprofits, coalitions, and local communities (when done thoughtfully).

This video will focus on providing tips for growing your participatory approach.

  1. Be honest & transparent

  2. Realize real engagement takes effort

  3. Tap into your existing network

  4. Engage REAL community organizers

  5. Clarify the decision-making process

  6. Develop facilitation tools to engage community members with different opinions / perspectives

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Michelle Molina is the principal and founder of Connecting Evidence. She is an evaluator who loves helping organizations working on complex problems. The purpose of this channel is to help you build your evaluation capacity building.

Prior Videos:

  1. Stakeholder Analysis:


  1. Article on community power: Speer, P. W., Gupta, J., Haapanen, K., Balmer, B., Wiley, K. T., & Bachelder, A. (2020). DEVELOPING COMMUNITY POWER FOR HEALTH EQUITY: A LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS OF CURRENT RESEARCH AND THEORY.

  2. CCF Principles:

  3. 211 Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership:

  4. Trickle Down Community Engagement:

  5. Art of Convening: (affiliate link)

  6. Liberating Structures: (affiliate link)

  7. Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making book: (affiliate link)

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