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This publication clarifies the steps of the problem solving process as they apply to CmPS. For each of the problem solving steps, a variety of creative thinking tools and critical thinking tools are provided.

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING

Community Problem Solving is a stand out extra-curricular project-based program for schools.  Students select a real world problem from their community, identify a solution, and then actively implement their action plan to address the problem.

Community Problem Solving is ideal for developing strategic thinking, leadership skills and encouraging a wider contribution to community service.

Students in Community Problem Solving around the world, working both in teams and as individuals, have implemented a wide range of action plans, ranging from cleaning up hazardous waste, promoting indigenous literacy and finding homes for unwanted pets. Projects can be single or multi-year.

For individual student registrations, Community Problem Solving is ideal for fulfilling the research and service aspects of the IB Diploma, and can assist with the requirement to undertake a specified number of service hours to graduate.

​​​​​​​How does CmPS work?
What are the benefits?

Community Problem Solving helps students develop skills in research, analytical thinking and problem solving, leadership and teamwork.  

Students may engage in research, fundraising, community outreach, information development and dissemination, documentation and evaluation, and can learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organisations, and about making a positive impact.

Bridging the gap between school and the real world, projects are student‐driven and produce young leaders ready to solve problems they may encounter throughout their lives.

Submission and Assessment

The submission requirements are in 3 parts:
•    A 1000 word qualifying report 
•    A six-page preliminary report with addendum
•    A display table and interview with evaluators

The qualifying report is due in August, and invitations to the National Finals are issued based on an evaluation of this report.
The preliminary report is submitted prior to the National Finals in October.

The display table is produced for the National Finals and interviews with the evaluators take place at the display.

How do I get started?

Training in the problem solving process is essential for coaches in Community Problem Solving. FPS Australia offers Professional Development Workshops at the beginning of each year.

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