Tools for Creating Community Agency and Empowerment
Date & Time
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Erin McClarty

The effectiveness of a community intervention will come down to the level of ownership that is created and cultivated in the process. Failing to account for, design, and measure the levels of agency and empowerment in an intervention will not only lead to it staying on the shelf but is a primary conduit for inequity. In this session, we'll briefly recap what it looks like to build agency, empowerment, and ownership into community interventions as well as the tools collectives can use. Topics we'll cover are: - What legal, infrastructural or similar design tools encourage agency, empowerment, and ownership? - What practices can we integrate into our processes to encourage agency, empowerment, and ownership? - How do we discover what barriers currently exist in our culture, process, or tool to creating agency, empowerment, and ownership and how do we shift?

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn what it looks like to implement interventions where agency, empowerment, self-determination and ownership are centered.
  • Discover tools that will help with auditing, diagnosis, implementation, and reflection in the process of doing this work.
Session Type
Concurrent Tool Session
Mental Models and Narrative Change