Community Analysis

Community Analysis


This Learning Unit aims at providing young people and volunteers an overview of the different meaning of community, different aspects that contribute to build a community. Learners will explore this concept starting from their own context, analysing a local community and learn how to break it down and re-build it in order to acquire awareness of the different aspects that contribute to its creation and development.   

Main topics:  

  • Community as a concept
  • Different types of communities
  • Analysis of a community
  • Exercise: ladder of participation

Learning Outcomes:

  • basic key concept of community
  • self-awareness about control and borders
  • skill set to analyse a community
  • practical exercise for community analysis and youth participation


  • Identity
  • Belongings​
  • ​Borders​
  • ​Self-representation​
  • ​Freedom/control​

How to follow this learning unit?

  • Read the learning materials of this topic by clicking open the title banners
  • Try the exercises proposed in the unit and widen your knowledge by checking the background reading materials

Background reading materials (optional):

  • Blyth, D. & Roehlkepartain E. (1993). Healthy community, healthy youth: How communities contribute to positive youth development. Search Institute: Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development (1992). A matter of time: Risks and opportunity in the non-school hours, Carnegie Corporation of New York: New York.
  • Pittman, K. & Wright, M. (1991). A rationale for enhancing the role of non-school voluntary sector in youth development. Unpublished manuscript prepared for the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Washington, D.C. ED364804

Preparation: needs assessment. SALTO resource


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