Tools & Resources
How do we engage with our community in a more meaningful way? How do we make the user experience the center of all we do? What impact are we having and how do we measure it? In an effort to better answer those questions and make a tighter connection between library objectives and the broader needs of the community, the Oak Park Public Library embarked on a journey to “turn outward.” Following the Harwood model for community engagement, Oak Park has made strides in unifying its internal operations and strengthening strategic partnerships. Its intention is wider and deeper community impact.
The Harwood Institute is excited to share four new tools, created in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways, specifically to help United Way professionals deepen their impact in communities. These tools are primarily for United Way staff that have been trained in the Institute's approach through a Public Innovators Lab or Workshop.
When we talk with others about our aspirations we improve the chances that we can find some common ground to come together and get things done. Use this Harwood in a Half Hour on your own and then try it in a group setting – we have an Aspirations Facilitators Guide to help in leading the conversation!
Turning Outward makes the community and the people the reference point for getting things done. Are you mostly turned inward or outward? Use the quiz to find out…
When we become more intentional about the choices we do make we can have far greater impact. After completing this Harwood in a Half Hour take another look at intentionality with this personal essay by Rich Harwood.
Getting people across the community to work together takes a great deal of personal commitment and energy. It’s important to make sure you keep your own “batteries charged” when you do this valuable and often difficult work.
If you work at a foundation or are a philanthropist, you want to use your money wisely. This tool will help you better factor in the communities where you are trying to help people and solve problems to get bigger impact.
Use this tool to evaluate your Board. Are you really putting what your community wants at the center of your business decisions? Help make sure that you and your Board are truly focused on what matters.
Use this checklist to help engage your Board in Turning Outward
Use this tool to identify ways to build a more Turned Outward organizational culture.
What kind of community do people want to live in, and what’s standing in the way? You want to root your investment strategy in what matters to people in the community/area where you are working.
Build stronger relationships with potential donors. Use the scale on the first page to rate yourself against the five steps on the following pages
Use this workbook to go through seven different ways that you can infuse civic engagement practices throughout your public work