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June 2017Vol. 18, No. 4Resource Guide for Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches

As the United States becomes more culturally diverse, service providers—namely community-based organizations (CBOs)—and their funders have increasingly recognized the need to deliver more culturally responsive services and incorporate cultural competency in the way they work with the youth and families they serve. Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations, produced by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, is intended to help CBOs and other stakeholders easily find and access available resources based on cultural competency to better serve the diverse populations with which they work. It is also intended to help CBOs develop high-quality and successful applications in response to funding announcements.

The guide addresses several topics related to building a culturally competent social program, including how to choose interventions for diverse populations; how to conduct needs assessments that include input from community members to better understand their needs; measurement considerations related to program fidelity and satisfaction for diverse populations, such as cultural and linguistic appropriateness of interviews, surveys, and standardized assessments; collaboration through a diversity lens among individuals and organizations, particularly those with complementary areas of expertise; the importance of a culturally diverse workforce; and the cost of CBOs responding to the needs of diverse populations. These topics all have financial implications for CBOs responding to funding announcements since some announcements may require applicants to specifically address issues related to cultural competency in the proposed budget.

The guide also provides resources that CBOs and the child welfare agencies partnering with them can consult to develop or improve their cultural competency within their programs and services. This will enable them to better serve and target the needs of the growing number of multicultural, multilingual children and families in the United States. Tables at the end of each section provide useful links to specific resources that correspond to each topic.

The complete guide, Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations, is available at (5,690 KB).