1. Identify goals
2. Mobilize communities
4. Build capacity
Goal Identification and Consciousness Raising
Employ participatory methodologies with community members that allow them to identify and prioritize goals and options concerning critical issues. Facilitate participants' collective analysis of causes and effects to problems, typical solutions and available resources. This process seeks to raise people's consciousness with regard to actions they can take on their own behalf, including self-care and the exercise of rights, and to stimulate appropriate social and political action.
Community Mobilization and Organizational Strengthening
Employ community organization techniques to instigate political and social action on the part of marginalized groups. Encourage the formation of committees on critical issues that are representative of the local population and their experts. For example, a health committee would include representatives from youth and elders, as well as respected specialists, such as midwives and herbalists. Support committee representation on multisectorial councils to articulate local needs in regional forums. Create networks of committees to ensure information exchange, opportunities to share experiences and the development of unified collaborative strategies to influence national policy.
Advocacy, Accountability and Transparency
Support advocacy strategies by community organizations that seek to ensure critical issues are addressed by public policy and programs, hold responsible institutions accountable and demand government transparency. Contribute to democratic values in all levels of program development and implementation.
Continuously transfer skills to community organizations and individual members, including those needed to carry out goal identification, consciousness-raising, community mobilization, advocacy and accountability. Strengthen the expertise of community organizations on critical issues in order for their advocacy efforts to be more effective. Share skills and expertise with public authorities and institutions as well as other non-government organizations.
Test models of community participation and advocacy in existence, and carefully develop short and long-term pilot trials in select locations. Base project sites across distinct geographical regions in order to draw comparisons and identify sociocultural factors that influence the potential success and failure of interventions in different contexts. Continuously monitor and evaluate interventions in order to document and systematically analyze the value, effectiveness and impact of project efforts on local communities and government policies and practices.
Make the information gathered and our analyses accessible to the general public and key stakeholders, while fully respecting the rights of research participants to privacy and confidentiality. Maintain transparent mistakes and obstacles encountered, measures taken to remedy crisis situations, and the modifications created to deal with unanticipated problems that arise at various stages of project implementation. The integrity of the Center for Social Well Being relies on critical appraisal of all dimensions of institutional activities.