Principles of Good Practice

In place of organizational values, CDS has established and follows the field of community development’s Principles of Good Practice:

  1. Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  5. Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well-being of the community.

An ad hoc committee was formed in 2021 to begin revisions to these principles in light of social, economic, and environmental changes to the community development context. Please contact the CDS Board Secretary for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..