Community Engagement: Tools and Techniques for Making Meaningful Connections

*Applications are currently closed for the course starting June 27. Get in touch with us if you’re interested in future course editions at govextraining@jhu.edu*

This course is a bootcamp designed to introduce and level up essential engagement planning, outreach, and organizing skills, and apply them to a real-world initiative of your choosing. Drawing on best practices in multiple sectors, we’ll delve into the art and science of mobilizing diverse communities, crafting lasting partnerships, and telling the story of our work. Although framed around data and digital initiatives, the skills and strategies learned here can be broadly applied to other government programs as well.

In this 8-week online course, you will learn both best practices you can take home right away, and the essential skills required to craft, adapt, and remix strategies to fit individual, real world contexts. Each session introduces a new skill that builds on the last, while offering tools and techniques for customization. These trainings culminate in a final project where you will apply the experiences and expertise you’ve brought into the classroom with what you’ve learned in class. By the end of class, you will be implementing what you have learned in the contexts of your workplaces. You can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on this course. 

Course Goals and Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • talk fluently about the value of open data and other initiatives in any setting
  • develop dynamic short and long term strategies for stakeholder inclusion and activation
  • learn how to craft mutually beneficial working relationships with diverse constituencies
  • recognize and account for implicit bias in engagement activities and opportunities
  • develop partnerships with people beyond the “low hanging fruit”/”usual suspects”