Publications and Reports

Our center offers a variety of publications to support the work of promoting community health and development. The selected articles, book chapters, and practical products below illustrate our work developing frameworks and practical methods for participatory evaluation, intervention research, and application with community initiatives.

When community change theory meets practice: Exploring some challenges to information sharing networks for community change (2022)  [Citation & Abstract]

Progress Toward a Multisectoral Community Intervention Approach to Prevention of the Word Gap (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

An Editorial on Revitalizing Behavioral Community Psychology: Where Do We Go From Here? (2021)  [Citation]

A Reflection on Community Research and Action as an Evolving Practice (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

Examining conflict mediation to prevent violence through multisector partnerships (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

Strengthening collaborative engagement for community health and development (2020)  [Citation]

Conceptualizing a public health prevention intervention for bridging the 30 million word gap (2017)  [Citation]

Sleep environment risks for younger and older infants .pdf (2014)  [Citation]

Building multisectoral partnerships for population health and health equity .pdf (2010)  [Citation]

Constructing an action agenda for community empowerment (2010)  [Citation]

A framework for community mobilization to promote healthy youth development (2008)  [Citation]

Understanding and improving the work of community health and development (2004)  [Citation]

Evaluating comprehensive community initiatives: a bill of rights and responsibilities (2002)  [Citation]

Building healthy communities (2000)  [Citation]

A model memorandum of collaboration: a proposal .pdf (2000)  [Citation & Abstract]

A review of collaborative partnerships as a strategy for improving community health (2000)  [Citation & Abstract]

Lessons on community organization and change (1999)  [Citation]

Using empowerment theory in collaborative partnerships for community health and development (1995)  [Citation & Abstract]

Promoting health through community development (1993)  [Citation]

Some values guiding community research and action (1991)  [Citation & Abstract]

Some emerging standards for community research and action (1990)  [Citation]

Equity Lens Protocol: Reflecting on Harms From the COVID-19 Response and Mitigation Strategies Implemented in a Local Public Health System (2023)  [Citation & Abstract]

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of the COVID-19 Response in the Africa Region (2022)  [Citation & Abstract]

Progress Toward a Multisectoral Community Intervention Approach to Prevention of the Word Gap (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of the COVID-19 Response in a Local Public Health System (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

Collective Editorial: Ten Guidelines for Strategic Social Action (2020)  [Citation]

Association between community characteristics and implementation of community programmes and policies addressing childhood obesity: the Healthy Communities Study (2018)  [Citation]

Measuring the intensity of community programs and policies for preventing childhood obesity in a diverse sample of US communities: the Healthy Communities Study .pdf (2018)  [Citation]

Participatory monitoring and evaluation of community health initiatives using the Community Check Box Evaluation System (2018)  [Citation]

Improving community readiness for change through coalition capacity building: evidence from a multisite intervention (2017)  [Citation]

Measuring community programs and policies in the Healthy Communities Study .pdf (2015)  [Citation]

Using action planning to build organizational capacity for the prevention of intimate partner violence (2015)  [Citation]

Developing an academic community partnership to promote soccer-based physical activity among Latino youth (2014)  [Citation]

Building community practice competencies globally through the Community Tool Box .pdf (2013)  [Citation & Abstract]

Disseminating online tools for building capacity among community practitioners (2013)  [Citation]

Enhancing the capacity of substance abuse prevention coalitions through training and technical assistance (2013)  [Citation]

Measuring progress of collaborative action in a community health effort .pdf (2013)  [Citation]

Participatory monitoring and evaluation within a statewide support system to prevent adolescent substance abuse (2013)  [Citation]

Participatory research and capacity building for community health and development (2013)  [Citation]

Supporting a community-based participatory evaluation approach to violence prevention in Kansas City (2013)  [Citation]

A case study of use of data for participatory evaluation within a statewide system to prevent substance abuse (2009) [Citation & Abstract]

Supporting participatory evaluation using the Community Tool Box Online Documentation System (2008)  [Citation & Abstract]

Using internet technology for capacity development in communities: the case of the Community Tool Box (2008)  [Citation]

Building capacity for participatory evaluation within community initiatives (2003)  [Citation & Abstract]

Using information systems to build capacity: a Public Health Improvement Tool Box (2003)  [Citation & Abstract]

Using internet-based tools to build capacity for community-based participatory research and other efforts to promote community health and development (2002)  [Citation]

The Community Tool Box: a web-based resource for building healthier communities .pdf (2000)  [Citation & Abstract]

The Community Tool Box: using the Internet to support the work of community health and development (2000) [Citation]

Evaluating community initiatives for health and development (1997)  [Citation]

Assessing community health concerns and implementing a microgrant program for self-help initiatives (1994)  [Citation]

Empowering community health initiatives through evaluation (1994)  [Citation]

A methodology for monitoring and evaluating community health coalitions (1993)  [Citation & Abstract]

Progress Toward a Multisectoral Community Intervention Approach to Prevention of the Word Gap (2021)  [Citation & Abstract]

Together Helping Reduce Youth Violence for Equity (ThrYve): Examining the Development of a Comprehensive Multisectoral Approach to Youth Violence Prevention (2020)  [Citation]

Evaluating implementation of the Ebola response in Margibi County, Liberia (2018)  [Citation]

The longitudinal relationship between community programmes and policies to prevent childhood obesity and BMI in children: the Healthy Communities Study (2018)  [Citation]

Community programs and policies to prevent obesity and child adiposity .pdf (2017)  [Citation]

Examining the contributions of a community coalition in addressing urban health determinants (2017)  [Citation]

Monitoring and evaluating the Ebola response effort in two Liberian communities (2017)  [Citation]

Measuring the implementation and effects of a coordinated care model featuring diabetes self-management education within four patient-centered medical homes (2015)  [Citation]

An empirical case study of the effects of training and technical assistance on community coalition functioning and sustainability (2014)  [Citation]

Community-based participatory research within the Latino Health for All Coalition (2013)  [Citation & Abstract]

Participatory monitoring and evaluation within a statewide support system to prevent adolescent substance abuse (2013)  [Citation]

Promoting sustainability of community health initiatives: an empirical case study (2013) [Citation & Abstract]

The Enough Abuse Campaign: building the movement to prevent child sexual abuse in Massachusetts (2012)  [Citation & Abstract]

An empirical case study of a child sexual abuse prevention initiative in Georgia (2011)  [Citation]

Implementing community-based participatory research with two ethnic minority communities in Kansas City, Missouri (2009)  [Citation]

Analyzing a community-based coalition's efforts to reduce health disparities and the risk for chronic disease in Kansas City, Missouri .pdf (2007)  [Citation & Abstract]

Analyzing the contribution of community change to population health outcomes in an adolescent pregnancy prevention initiative (2002)  [Citation & Abstract]

Measuring the health environment for physical activity and nutrition among youth: a review of the literature and applications for community initiatives (2000)  [Citation & Abstract]

Some experiential lessons in supporting and evaluating community-based initiatives for preventing adolescent pregnancy (2000)  [Citation & Abstract]

Effects of a replication of a multicomponent model for preventing adolescent pregnancy in three Kansas communities (1999)  [Citation & Abstract]

Reducing the risk for adolescent pregnancy: evaluation of a school/community partnership in a midwestern military community (1999)  [Citation & Abstract]

Community partnerships: a review of selected models and evaluation of two case studies (1997)  [Citation & Abstract]

Evaluating a statewide partnership for reducing risks for chronic diseases (1997)  [Citation & Abstract]

Evaluating community coalitions for prevention of substance abuse: the case of Project Freedom (1997)  [Citation & Abstract]

Reducing elementary school children's risks for chronic diseases through school lunch modifications, nutrition education, and physical activity interventions (1997)  [Citation & Abstract]

Replicating a community initiative for preventing adolescent pregnancy: from South Carolina to Kansas (1996)  [Citation & Abstract]

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