The Community Tool Box


The Community Tool Box


The Community Tool Box (CTB) is a free, Internet-based service that can help communities address health and development issues. It offers over 7,000 pages of practical guidance in community capacity building in an effort to bring about change and improvement in communities. The CTB connects people with resources for learning the many skills required for this work and applying this knowledge in diverse cultures and contexts.

The CTB’s nearly 300 different sections providing practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills. Topics include:

  • Models for promoting community health and development: Gateways to the tools
  • Community assessment, agenda setting, and choice of broad strategies
  • Promoting interest and participation in initiatives
  • Developing a strategic pan, organizational structure, and training system
  • Leadership, management, and group facilitation
  • Analyzing community problems and designing and adapting community interventions
  • Implementing promising community interventions
  • Cultural competence, spirituality, and the arts and community building
  • Organizing for effective advocacy
  • Evaluating community programs and initiatives
  • Maintaining quality and rewarding accomplishments
  • Generating, managing, and sustaining financial resources
  • Social marketing and institutionalization of the initiative


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Kansas Health Foundation; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Funding Sources:

University of Kansas- Work Group on Health Promotion & Community Development


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: June 2007
Last Updated: 04/25/08

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