Does your group tend to spend
lots of time looking at data
on community problems...
without ever moving to action
Too often people think they need to know everything about a problem before they can move to action. As a result, very little action is taken and community problems remain unchanged.
How can you help people
move beyond this data paralysis
Reinforce the message that it is
impossible to know everything about an issue
. Community problems are complex, and starting to take action (and learning as you go) can actually help increase your understanding of these types of problem.
Next, help stakeholders identify issues or root causes where they
know enough to move to action without potentially creating harm to individuals or settings.
Start initiating action around these issues, and use what you learn along the way to identify additional issues to tackle.