Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™ Resource Roundup: How to Set Goals Based on Community Need

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In past months, we have shared resources on healthy communities, cross-sector collaboration, building strong teams and powerful partnerships, and listening to your community. If you have missed any of those posts, you can find them here 

This month, we are sharing resources (along with a blog post with advice for goal-setting, which you can find here) on how to set goals based on community need. Next month, we‘ll share resources on how to identify and create solutions for health disparities and inequities.  

Creating a Community Health Assessment for Parkinson’s from the Davis Phinney Foundation
Community Health Assessments (CHAs) are used by hospitals, local governments, public health officials, and community groups to collect data about the health needs of local people, inform initiatives to address these needs, and measure changing needs over time. Gathering this information can help provide a clear path to setting goals based on community need. This resource guides you in developing a Community Health Assessment for Parkinson’s.   

Turning Data into Action from the Davis Phinney Foundation
The transition from data collection to action can be difficult for some groups. But it’s a crucial transition; it maintains the group’s momentum and engagement and helps the group build self-efficacy. In this post, you will find guidance and additional resources to help you take this leap. 

Precede/Proceed from Community Tool Box
In this comprehensive resource from Community Tool Box, you will learn how to develop a coherent plan that addresses necessary issues and actions using the Precede-Proceed model. It also explains what precede-proceed means, when to use this model, and how to use the model.  

Creating Objectives by Community Tool Box
This resource acts as a guide to developing SMART+C (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timed, and Challenging) objectives for your work.  It also dives into what objectives mean, why they should be created, when they should be created, and how to create them 

SMART Goals by MindTools
This tool provides an overview of what SMART goals are and how to use SMART when setting goals. In addition, this tool provides guiding questions to help with goalsetting and discusses strengths and drawbacks to SMART goals.  

Putting Your Solution into Practice by Community Tool Box
This resource addresses how to plan your action and implement your solution. What makes this resource stand out from similar resources is that it also addresses methods to evaluate what has happened and what to do if something goes wrong.   

Developing an Action Plan by Community Tool Box
This section in Community Tool Box’s chapter titled “Developing a Strategic Plan” dives into how to make your vision concrete by describing the strategies you will use to meet goals and objectives. It outlines the criteria needed for a good action plan, how and when to develop one, and how to write one  

Rating Community Goals from Community Tool Box
This resource provides information on another aspect of community involvement that is not often seen: the rating of community goals by members of the community. It addresses how to appraise community goals to get a better feel for the likelihood that your constituents will join you in pursuing a goal.  

Engaging the Community to Create Community from AARP
This resource highlights the work necessary to build more vibrant communities for people of all ages while addressing steps already shared in previous resources. Notably, this booklet shares stories and examples of how different community groups worked together to create change. 

Download the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities Introductory Toolkit

If you are interested in adding your community to the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities network, download our introductory toolkit here. This short guide will get you started on your journey, offer recommendations for creating your CAC and ways to conduct initial research and assessments of your community, and prepare you to officially register your community in the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities network.

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