Community Or Coalition Meeting Analysis

First, take a moment to think about what is going on in your own community. Is there a new housing ordinance that the city government will be voting on soon? Is there a proposal going before the school board that would impact families? Have you seen any notices about protests, marches, or meetings in your area? Identify a current issue or movement (e.g., Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, immigration rights) about which you would like to learn more. This topic should be something in which you are not currently involved and therefore can observe without becoming personally invested.

Second, you will need to attend and observe a local coalition meeting, a community meeting, a city council meeting, school board meeting, information session for that movement, etc. Be sure to take thorough notes, so that you can answer the following questions.

Who appears to be in charge? How are leaders selected? If there are no leaders, describe the structure of the movement or organization.
Which stakeholders are represented? Whose interests are most prominently represented? Who appears to be left out?
Think about the six core values in the Social Work Code of Ethics. To what extent does this movement encompass these values?
Does the movement/coalition address an issue identified within the Grand Challenges for Social Work? If so, which one(s)?
In what ways do you believe the movement could be made more equitable?
If you had been hired as a consultant to help restructure, what goals would you consider to help create change? Are these goals based on best practices?

Sample Solution

A written critique of a human service organization/agency

Select a human service organization/agency that serves the community . Then, develop a written critique of the agency to address the following:

Describe the organization and its fit within the community.
Include the organization’s mission statement.
Explain the services provided through this organization.
Identify the primary populations served by the organization
Determine if the organization is culturally competent. Be specific in your explanation and provide examples as necessary.
Drawing on theories of human behavior and the social environment, describe characteristics of the organization that impact its ability to engage its clients.
Explain the technology this organization uses to serve its clients.

Sample Solution

Impact of team development on your program plan

Describe the impact of team development on your program plan, including how you intend to utilize and support your team during program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Data and Information : Explain the specific evidence-based information and organizational data you need to collect during your search for evidence and how it supports your program plan.
Communication Tools and Techniques: Describe at least two communication tools or techniques you intend to use during the program planning, implementation, or evaluation stages, including how these tools will impact your team.

Sample Solution

Helping adolescents develop their identity

Helping adolescents develop their identity can cause stress as teenagers want independence and begin to pressure their parents for more control.

What is identity development (e.g., social, gender)? Using Erikson’s fifth stage of development, explain these different types of identity. Explain the factors adolescents consider when addressing the question, “Who am I?”

Sample Solution

A prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community.

A prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community.

For your Signature Assignment, present your proposal for a prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community. The proposal should include the following:
• Identify the problem or issue facing a community, along with the specific population your proposal is addressing.
• Provide a comprehensive background of the history of the program. Think of not only academic research but your findings on reputable social media sites and from your observations in your community.
• Explain how a sense of community might prevent this problem or promote a solution. Refer to your Week 4 assignment.
• Explain the role of diversity in this issue and provide specific examples. Refer to your Week 4 assignment. Think of ways to engage your intended audience. Think through any biases you may have that might interfere with your ability to remain objective in approaching your community. It is important that community members perceive you as open to their ideas, so they will be equally open to considering issues as objectively as possible.
• Describe the program you are proposing to be implemented.
• Incorporate the four-step evaluation model you examined in Week 7. Also be sure to incorporate the empowerment evaluation principles you addressed previously.
• Explain how the relevant approaches to community and social change that would support the proposed program’s success are applied. Provide specific examples.

A prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community.

For your Signature Assignment, present your proposal for a prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community. The proposal should include the following:
• Identify the problem or issue facing a community, along with the specific population your proposal is addressing.
• Provide a comprehensive background of the history of the program. Think of not only academic research but your findings on reputable social media sites and from your observations in your community.
• Explain how a sense of community might prevent this problem or promote a solution. Refer to your Week 4 assignment.
• Explain the role of diversity in this issue and provide specific examples. Refer to your Week 4 assignment. Think of ways to engage your intended audience. Think through any biases you may have that might interfere with your ability to remain objective in approaching your community. It is important that community members perceive you as open to their ideas, so they will be equally open to considering issues as objectively as possible.
• Describe the program you are proposing to be implemented.
• Incorporate the four-step evaluation model you examined in Week 7. Also be sure to incorporate the empowerment evaluation principles you addressed previously.
• Explain how the relevant approaches to community and social change that would support the proposed program’s success are applied. Provide specific examples.

Sample Solution

Prepare a Community Prevention or Promotion Proposal

For your Signature Assignment, present your proposal for a prevention or promotion program that could be implemented in your selected community. The proposal should include the following:
• Identify the problem or issue facing a community, along with the specific population your proposal is addressing.
• Provide a comprehensive background of the history of the program. Think of not only academic research but your findings on reputable social media sites and from your observations in your community.
• Explain how a sense of community might prevent this problem or promote a solution. Refer to your Week 4 assignment.
• Explain the role of diversity in this issue and provide specific examples. Refer to your Week 4 assignment. Think of ways to engage your intended audience. Think through any biases you may have that might interfere with your ability to remain objective in approaching your community. It is important that community members perceive you as open to their ideas, so they will be equally open to considering issues as objectively as possible.
• Describe the program you are proposing to be implemented.
• Incorporate the four-step evaluation model you examined in Week 7. Also be sure to incorporate the empowerment evaluation principles you addressed previously.
• Explain how the relevant approaches to community and social change that would support the proposed program’s success are applied. Provide specific examples.
Support your proposal with at least seven peer-reviewed articles published in the past 5 years. You may use articles that you have referenced previously during this course. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.

Sample Solution