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Managing Projects

Are you looking for ways to improve your project management approach, and to ensure the long term sustainability of your initiatives? Explore these resources to find out more about different approaches to planning, implementing, and evaluating projects, and different ways to ensure their long term sustainability.



Building Community Wealth

Is your organization looking for ways to diversify its financial base? Are you considering starting a social enterprise? Do you already operate a social enterprise and are looking at ways to strengthen your business? Does your organization have a mandate to assist others in building non-profit or co-operative enterprises?


This resource uses real life stories of practical, on-the-ground initiatives providing advice to organizations on effective social enterprise development.


Level: Beginner

Download Here: Building Community Wealth, PDF 2MB

Publication Information: Lewis, M. 2006. Building Community Wealth: A Resource for Social Enterprise Development. Centre for Community Enterprise.




Community Capacity Building Tool: A tool for planning, building and reflecting on community capacity in community based health projects

Your capacity building project has started and activities are underway. Have you left anything out or overlooked an area of activity? How far along is the project? What’s progressing well and what seems to be more challenging?


This toolkit of checklists will help you assess your progress in 9 areas of capacity building: participation, leadership, community structures, external support (funding), asking why, accessing resources, knowledge/learning, networking and sense of community. The checklists are great to use at multiple stages throughout your project to give snapshots of where you are, evaluate and track progress, reflect on what’s worked, and generate additional ideas as needed. All in 35 questions!


Level: Intermediate
Download Here: Community Capacity Building Tool, PDF 76KB 

Publication Information: Public Health Agency of Canada: Alberta NWT Region. Community capacity building tool: A tool for planning, building and reflecting on community capacity in community based health projects. Edmonton, AB: Public Health Agency of Canada




Community Action Resources for Inuit, Metis and First Nations

Have you been looking for a community development approach that is specific to Aboriginal communities? A community development guide that takes into consideration Aboriginal values, culture and way of life?


This toolkit is a self help book for Aboriginal people who want to get a community development project off the ground. The series of six manuals contains information, tips, examples and ready-to-use charts that you can copy and use for yourself or to train others in your community. It is intended to be user-friendly, emphasizing questions such as what, why, when and how to accomplish the different steps of a community development project.


Level: Intermediate

Download Here: Community Action Resources for Inuit, Metis and First Nations, PDF 704KB
Publication Information: Health Canada. 1998. Community Action Resources for Inuit, Metis and First Nations




How Change Happens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Human Development

Ever wonder how social change happens? Do you have a background in development studies, and wonder whether development thinking has become too narrow and specialized? Current development thinking often excludes what has been learned in other fields about social change, impacting the success of development work.


This multidisciplinary paper discusses the central question of how does social change happen. What roles do personal relationships, mutual understanding and context play in encouraging or limiting change? Explore how a multidisciplinary view and a broad range of approaches can make us more flexible when tackling the challenges facing our communities. There is also a table summarizing perspectives on change, a great tool for thinking about change and examining your own change work.


Level: Advanced

Download Here: How Change Happens, PDF 560KB
Publication Information: Krznaric, R. 2007. How Change Happens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Human Development. Oxfam Research Report.




How our programs affect population health determinants: A workbook for better planning and accountability

Your health promotion project is effecting positive change in the community. But are you finding it challenging to explain the connection between your work and overall population health?


This framework can assist you in accounting for your work (and its associated impacts) in the community, and demonstrating the project benefits to funders. It can also be a great tool when planning a new project.


Level: Intermediate

Download Here: How our programs affect population health determinants, PDF 468KB 

Publication Information: Labonte, R. 2003. How our programs affect population health determinants: A workbook for better planning and accountability. Health Canada – Population and Public Health Branch, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region.




Splash and Ripple: Using Outcomes to Design & Manage Community Activities: 2nd Edition.

Wondering what outcome measurement is? Have you been looking for ways to ensure that your organization’s activities work towards meaningful and achievable results in your community?


Splash and Ripple is an easy to understand step-by-step guide to outcome measurement and achieving the results you are looking for. This framework can help you while planning, managing and evaluating projects.


Level: Intermediate

Download Here: Splash and Ripple - Using Outcomes to Design & Manage Community Activities, PDF 1.1MB

Publication Information: Canadian Heritage. 2004. Splash and Ripple: Using Outcomes to Design & Manage Community Activities: 2nd Edition.