SPARC BC brings theoretical knowledge and experience to work with communities to provide community development education and support to build capacity at the local level. This work reflects our values of social justice, inclusion, integrity and learning. Through the delivery of our workshops and our SPROUT resource guides, our goal is to encourage citizen participation and to support innovative and effective local planning and decision-making.
Through the delivery of the CDE program, SPARC BC has delivered community development workshops in over fifty communities across BC involving the participation of more than six hundred individuals and organizations from across different sectors. Participants in our CDE program include:
The Community Development Education (CDE) program promotes place-based learning and provides a culturally responsive approach to community development education that includes workshops, dialogues, community facilitation and training.
Given SPARC BC’s commitment to partnership, the CDE program is delivered through a multi-sector collaborative process entitled Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN).
The LIRN partners are:
We have ten workshop frameworks from which to choose, with these programs being tailored to meet the specific needs or interests of your community. The workshops are free or low-cost and are available to rural and Northern BC Communities (under 25,000 population).
Non-profit organizations, community-based groups, First Nations and local governments are welcome to apply to the CDE program provided they meet the following criteria:
Building Bridges Together: How to Develop an Intercultural Dialogue Series between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples
By participating in this workshop, participants will:
Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows: Getting Indicators to Work for Your Community
How can your community develop and use indicators in community learning, planning and action programs? This workshop helps show the way. Participants in this workshop will:
Knowledge is Power: Ins and Outs of Community-Based Participatory Action Research
Communities can be and should be directly involved in creating research about issues that matter to local people. This workshop provides participants with:
Traction for Social Action: How to Create a Strategic Social Development Plan
Most BC communities include diverse government and non-government agencies who are working to build a strong local social safety net and related preventative initiatives. For leaders in social development sectors who feel that their community is moving in many different directions but not creating positive change in any one area, the development of a strategic social plan can help. In this workshop, participants will:
Making Space for Everyone: Using Accessibility Audits to Achieve Accessible Communities
By participating in this workshop participants will:
Pathways of Community Social Planning: Principles, Governance Models and Methods
Community Social Planning (CSP) is a local, democratic system for setting priorities, arriving at equitable compromises and taking action. It supports community needs and interests in social, cultural, economic, and environmental affairs. In this workshop, participants will:
Your Voice and Public Policy: How to Advocate for Structural/Systemic Change
You have the right to be involved in setting the agenda for public policy matters that affect your life. In this workshop, participants will:
Setting Goals and Charting a Course: How to Lead Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
This workshop is for organizational leaders who want to:
Project Ideas, Grants and Sustainability: Understanding the Practice of Proposal Development
This workshop is for organizational leaders and engaged citizens who want to:
Participation for Positive Change: Exploring Community Engagement Methods
There are hundreds of ways to engage your community in local change processes. This workshop is for people who want to:
Given SPARC BC’s commitment to partnership, the CDE program is delivered through a multi-sector collaborative process entitled Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN). The LIRN process involves the coordination of a provincial Expression of Interest process and the co-design and co-delivery of up to twenty community-based learning initiatives each fiscal year.
The LIRN process is led by a working group of government and non-government organizations that are committed to excellence in the practice of community capacity development in BC. The LIRN partners are: Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC (ANHBC); BC Centre for Employment Excellence; BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program); Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society of BC; PeerNetBC; Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC); UBC Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre; Vantage Point; Volunteer BC; YouthCo.
In the month of April, the LIRN partners distribute an Expression of Interest (EOI) to 10 provincial networks. Applications are due in mid-June. All applications are reviewed and prioritized by the LIRN partners in accordance with an objective list of criteria, which is organized according to the following themes: (1) Community Location, (2) Organizational Profile, (3) Community Support, and (4) Community Interests, Issues, Assets and Anticipated Outcomes.
The LIRN partners will try to provide learning events to as many of the applicants as possible within our respective budgets. Check the SPARC BC website in mid-April for details, or contact Scott Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org