This project focuses on the community capacity model and methods of mobilizing communities to support military families. Community capacity reflects the extent that formal systems and informal networks of social care demonstrate a sense of shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community and its members and demonstrate collective competencies in taking advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and impacting the well-being of community members. This project will provide family support program staff (and others) access to state-of-the-art conceptual models, practice strategies, and assessment tools to develop a Community Capacity Building Project approach for U.S. military family support organizations, one that is practical and feasible, sustainable, grounded in evidence, and supported by effective practice.

Project Goals

  • More effectively identify significant personnel and family issues and challenges that can be influenced by formal and informal community support, and how these issues and challenges vary by timing (e.g., deployment cycle), profile (e.g., urban/rural), and service component.
  • Transition from an activity practice orientation to a result-focused planning strategy that focuses on results to be achieved.
  • Institute programs and practices that mobilize communities in resilience-enhancing ways.
  • Align programs and practices with Community Capacity Building Project principles that focus on the interface between formal and informal networks as leverage points in intervention and prevention practice.
  • Prepare military-connected professionals to function from a Community Capacity Building Project perspective.
  • More effectively support communities to meet the needs of, and to activate the assets of, military personnel and families

CCB Resources

Project Investigator

  • Jay A. Mancini, PhD, is the Principal Investigator, Department Head, and Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of the Department of Human Development and Family Science