People sitting around a long conference table, tossing a small bean bag.
Credit: WHO/ Y. Shimizu

The toolkit is designed for anyone who wishes to engage communities for health and well-being. This may be at the local level (e.g. mayors, community health workers), district or provincial level (e.g. regional health authority), or national level (e.g. Ministry of Health).

The toolkit offers guiding questions and potential activities to reach locally-determined goals for health and well-being. It also offers notes from the field to illustrate how others are doing this work. Finally, it provides links to resources and tools to support specific tasks and overcome challenges.

The toolkit can help build capacity for the iterative community engagement process – including engaging the community and other stakeholders, assessing the situation, planning, taking action, evaluating efforts, and communicating and celebrating accomplishments.

A continuous circle chart for Community Engagement.

Click on any of the following phases for supports in implementing each aspect of community engagement: Engage, Assess, Plan, Act, Evaluate and Communicate & Celebrate.


This toolkit can be used to:

  • Learn about ways of doing community engagement knowing it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ process
  • Train others
  • See examples from efforts in the Region
  • Access just-in-time guidance and tools

This toolkit is free and open source. Our hopes are that you will use it to support your important work and share it with others.