Do you want to start a civic engagement project, but you're not sure how to begin? Have a great idea, but not a lot of organizing experience? Scroll down for resources to help you design and implement a successful project, or use these quick links to access content.
- Getting Started
- Step 1. Have an Idea
- Step 2. Research Your Project
- Step 3. Consult Stakeholders and People with Experience
- Step 4. Determine Feasibility and Sustainability of Your Project
- Step 5. Write a Description of Your Project
- Step 6. Prepare a Preliminary Budget
- Step 7. Develop a Proposal and Budget for Funders
- Step 8. Recruiting Volunteers and Participants
- Step 9. Publicize Your Project
- Step 10. Project Reporting
- Step 11. Identify/Quantify Impacts
- Detailed Guides
- See Examples
A Step-by-Step Resource for Your Student-Led Project
Civic Engagement Handbook
Step 1. Have an IdeaAll projects begin with an idea. The idea may be narrow or broad, a unique opportunity or a solution to a long-term problem. As you brainstorm new project ideas it is important to be ambitious and think big. At the same time, it is necessary to be realistic. The project’s success is dependent upon your capacity to launch it, and then scale it in achievable and measurable ways.
Questions to consider:
• What is the issue you intend to address?
• What are your goals or desired outcomes?
• How do you plan to achieve them?
• What about your idea is distinct for the community which it will impact?
• How will you know when you have successfully achieved your outcome?
Types of Civic Engagement
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