SPROUT: Resources for Social Change

Cultivate your know-how with practical guides and tools for community development!

SPROUT is a collection of resources to help create change in communities. You will find hands on, step-by-step, tools that have been developed and informed by community practitioners.

 

- Participatory Budgeting Toolkit for BC's Local Government

- Community Engagement Toolkit

- Digital Storytelling Inventory

- Tools For Action

- Building Bridges Together

- Project Diversity

- How to Understand the Cost of Living in Your Community

 

 

Participatory Budgeting Toolkit for BC's Local Government

A Resource for Financial Officers - June 2016.

Voter turnout is low in most communities across BC. At the same time, locally resourced community development activity happens each year, with many residents reporting a lack of awareness about how decisions have been made. Participatory budgeting aims to address these issues by empowering residents to decide on, or contribute to decisions made on, the destination of all or part of the available public resources (United Nations Human Settlements Programme, 2004). This toolkit includes information that can assist local governments in BC use participatory budgeting.

Click on the link to download the publication: Participatory Budgeting Toolkit for BC's Local Government_2016

 

 

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Community Engagement Toolkit

July 2013 - The Community Engagement Toolkit offers an adaptable approach to designing a community engagement process tailored to specific issues and/or developments in your community.

The five (5) steps of effective community engagement planning are outlined in this document along with forty-seven (47) community engagement methods. A diverse range of examples are provided throughout this toolkit in an effort to demonstrate community engagement methods in action.

This toolkit was designed for municipal social planners and other municipal planning staff that are thinking about how to design and implement a community engagement process that is inclusive, accessible and results-oriented.

Click on the link to download the publication: Community Engagement Toolkit

 

 

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Digital Storytelling Inventory

June 2010 - The digital storytelling landscape in BC can be difficult to connect into. There is no one source for information and what does exist is often scattered and informal. This inventory is meant to be an initial access point for people interested in learning more about digital storytelling and its applications to health promotion and community development in BC.

Click on the link to download the publication: Digital Storytelling Inventory

 

 

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Tools For Action

A resource guide for designing a community indicator project - April 2008

Tools for Action: A Resource Guide for Designing a Community Indicator Project
This resource guide was developed with a view to facilitating the achievement of three learning objectives for the reader:

• To acquire introductory knowledge of key concepts used to discuss indicators and indicator projects;
• To develop an awareness of resources for ongoing learning about indicators and indicator projects;
• To gain understanding of one methodological approach to designing and implementing a community indicator project.

 

 

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Building Bridges Together

Planning an intercultural dialogue series between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples - May 2008

Building Bridges Together 1: Workbook

This workbook was developed with a view to facilitating the achievement of two learning objectives for the reader:

• To understand the strengths and weaknesses of one’s own intercultural work competencies;
• To gain knowledge of a general framework for organizing, implementing and evaluating an intercultural dialogue series.

Building Bridges Together 2: Resource Guide

This resource guide was developed with a view to facilitating the achievement of three learning objectives for the reader:

• To understand some of the key concepts, as well as the historical and contemporary developments that typically inform discussions about intercultural work between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in BC;
• To gain an awareness of the diverse perspectives and lived experiences inherent to intercultural work between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in BC;
• To acquire information about online and text resources that relate to intercultural work between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in BC.

 

 

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Project Diversity

On the Project Diversity web page you will find resources related to Project Diversity, a project facilitated by SPARC BC from January to June, 2010.

Click on the link to go to Project Diversity

 

 

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How to Understand the Cost of Living in Your Community

A Guidebook on Conducting Affordability Studies.

How to Understand the Cost of Living in Your Community
This guidebook discusses different ways of measuring poverty in Canada and describes how to conduct an affordability study for your community. By using this guide book, you will:

• Acquire knowledge about different approaches to measuring poverty in Canada;
• Understand the market basket measure methodology for conducting affordability studies;
• Develop skills to design and implement an affordability study for your community;
• Engage options for how to use the results of an affordability study to address issues of poverty and low income in your community.

 

 

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