Project Management and Strategy

How do you start planning a community project? In this course, you’ll develop a strategy for your work. You’ll examine foundational questions of community organizing, such as who are my people? what is their problem? what are their assets? You’ll learn about different types of power and your role as both team member and leader in creating the conditions for people to flourish. To guide your next steps, you’ll create your own Theory of Change, a method for planning and evaluating social projects that helps show how change happens.


Location: Online
Available only to students enrolled in:
Community Capacity Building Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

This course is reserved for students enrolled in the certificate program.

Currently not available for registration.

What you will learn

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

  • Differentiate between goals, strategies and tactics in community-based work  
  • Create a theory of change for one aspect of your work in community, by devising a strategy and selecting corresponding tactics  
  • Investigate the 6 questions of community organizing and apply them to your work in community  
  • Employ tools to create and test your theory of change   
  • Identify a community project using your strategy and theory of change   

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Classes will include exercises, discussions, reflections and guest facilitators. 
  • In both class content and format, we aim to decolonize our approaches to community learning, by breaking down the systems we are challenging, and by building true relationships as the core of everything we do. 
  • We will share resources for you to read, listen to, and explore. We will let you know whether a resource is required/recommended, or for enrichment or deeper learning. 
  • In our learning community, you will also have the opportunity to share resources with one another. Wherever possible, we will provide options for accessing each text, share tools for accessibility, and build in time to discuss what we’ve learned in the resources.
  • The Community Capacity Building Certificate is a Pass or Fail curriculum. Passing the program and receiving the certificate is determined based on attendance, participation, and the presentation on your community project. 

Learning Materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.