An institution works on a community base when:
- it responds to local needs and offers its services with respect to them, shaping these services in an organic manner, in collaboration with the social environment;
- it builds on local resources, i.e. conducts its activities and ensures its own operating conditions using human and other resources available locally;
- the target group (or any other local group) of the services offered by the institution is also involved in the operation of the institution and in the implementation of its activities, and thus instead of being only users, they actively implement, control and shape the institution’s operation and activities (community and civic participation).
This article based on the following document: Community development methodological guide