Health Administration 315
Unit 5: Doing Things Right—Best Practices and Principles to Guide Development Action (Part I, Principles 1–8)
Welcome to Unit 5 of our course on the theory and practice of health and community development. In Unit 3, we compared community development work to finding ourselves in a swamp, where things are messy and there are no easy, technical answers. We then reflected on the value of having some kind of GPS that would help us locate our current position, and find the best route to our desired destination. The GPS would do this by receiving signals from four satellites: 1) vision, 2) principles, 3) story, and 4) situation analysis. We spent the rest of that Unit learning about approaches to developing a situation analysis.
In Unit 5, we examine eight community development principles that are linked to effective community development practice. Principles are the “how” of community development practice. They tell us how we have to work to get constructive outcomes. If we follow certain principles, they will guide us and ensure the integrity of the change work required in community development. The principles presented in this unit include:
The exploration of these principles leads to effective community development practice.