For CD Educators

Principles of Good Practice

Fundamentally, our work is guided by the Principles of Good Practice put forth by the Community Development Society:

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well-being of the community.

Logic Models

Our work is rooted in the best practice of using logic models for Extension program planning, implementation and evaluation. While specific Extension programs have their own logic models, these thematic area logic models serve as our overarching framework:


Professional Organizations

To remain abreast of new research findings and innovative programs in the community and economic development area, Purdue Extension community development faculty, specialists and educators are actively engaged in one or both of the following professional organizations.

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP)

NACDEPNACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

Community Development Society (CDS)

communityDevThe Community Development Society provides leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what’s new in the profession, exchange ideas, obtain the most current research and reference information available and share professional expertise.


Archive of Web-Based CD Training Programs

The Community Development training sessions showcased in this section are intended to strengthen the knowledge, skills and application of basic and intermediate community and economic development principles by our Extension educators and other practitioners (such as USDA RD – Indiana staff).

2017 Rural Indiana Stats Website

Presented by Bo Beaulieu and Indraneel Kumar, Purdue Purdue Center for Regional Development, and Larry DeBoer, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, This webinar provides an overview of the new Rural Indiana Stats website.

Rural Indiana Stats is designed to provide individuals, leaders, organizations and agencies with access to a basic set of data that can used to guide and inform their program and investment activities. While the site is not intended to provide a full array of data items available at the county level, it is designed to offer users ready access to a core set of statistical data on Indiana’s 92 counties.

These include information on the socioeconomic, housing, and the fiscal attributes of each county. An added benefit of the site is the typologies that are available to determine the geographic classification of Indiana’s 92 counties, such as their metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status.

2016 Conducting Focus Group Meetings

Presented by Bo Beaulieu, Purdue University Extension Community Development Program Leader, this webinar discusses the following topics:

  • What’s a Focus Group?
  • Six Features of A Focus Group Interview
  • Advantages & Limitations of Focus Group Interviews
  • Process for Conducting Focus Group Meetings

2014-15 Community Development Webinar Training Series

  • The Community Capitals Framework
  • Developing Goals and Metrics
  • Approaches to Community Development
  • Needs and Assets
  • County Typologies
  • Fostering Inclusiveness
  • Sustainable Development

2015 USDA-RD Training

  • What Makes Your Community Tick?
  • Community Economics
  • Community Development Approaches
  • The Community Capitals Framework
  • From Needs to Outcomes
  • Sustainable Development

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