Communities That Care guides communities through a proven five-phase change process. Using prevention science as its base, CTC promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes, and reduces problem behaviors.
5 Phases of CTC are:
Phase 1: Get Started – Communities get ready to introduce CTC.
- Identify a lead agency and hire a community coordinator/facilitator (full time recommended).
- Using the online tools (see Tools for Community Leaders for specifics on Phase 1) and with coaching from a CTC specialist, you can create a small group to explore the advantages of CTC for your community and explore key leader interest. Key community leaders will attend an orientation provided by a CTC specialist in your community. Once key leaders have decided to use the Communities That Care system, your community will start the work of implementing CTC.
Phase 2: Get Organized – Communities form a board or work within an existing coalition. After recruiting community board members, they:
- Learn about prevention science.
- Write a vision statement.
- Organize workgroups.
- Develop a timeline for installing CTC.
Phase 3: Develop a Community Profile – Communities assess community risks and strengths—and identify existing resources.
- The community board and workgroups:
- Review data from the community’s youth survey.
- Identify priority risk and protective factors that predict targeted health and behavior problems.
- Assess community resources that address these factors.
- Identify gaps to be filled in existing resources.
Phase 4: Create a Community Action Plan – The community board creates a plan for prevention work in their community, to:
- Reduce widespread risks and strengthen protection.
- Define clear, measurable outcomes using assessment data.
- Select and expand tested and effective policies and programs using the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development website.
Phase 5: Implement & Evaluate – In this final phase, communities:
- Implement selected programs and policies.
- Monitor and evaluate them.
- Measure results and track progress to ensure improvements are achieved.
Communities that Care implements a Social Development Strategy. The Social Development Strategy provides the foundation for the CTC model. It allows stakeholders to better understand what protects young people from developing health and behavior problems into an easy-to-use strategies that can be easily put into action for families, schools and communities.