Values are important aspects of community psychology because values shape communities in many ways. There are many values which are universally thought of as good, although at varying degrees of importance depending on which of the many communities is concerned. According to Nelson and Prilelltensky, Isaac and his colleagues came up with a list of values that are most important to community psychology. These are "(a) holism, (b) health, (c) caring, compassion, and support for community structures, (d) self-determination, participation, and social justice, (e) respect for diversity, and (f) accountability to oppressed groups." Keeping in mind that the goal of community psychology is to prevent social issues instead of trying to fix them after they occur, it is easy to see why these values are important for community psychology. After all, if we can prevent discrimination and promote respect for diversity, Millennium Development Goals #2 and #3 would be far easier to achieve.
The video "Defining Community Psychology with Examples of Applied Research" is a good example of how values are applied to community psychology. For example values b and c can be seen in one of their works. Specifically, I am referring to the UNC group that evaluated the local system of care for youths with emotional and behavioral challenges. The program used the community's resources to provide for these children and their families. The process, implementation, and outcome of the systems of care were evaluated. The results were used to help improve such programs.
Bishop, Taylor. 2013. Defining Community Psychology With Applied Research. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-joxWktsHg#t=119
Nelson, G. & Prilleltensky, I. Chapter 2, The Project of Community Psychology: Issues, Values, and Tools for Liberation and Well being. Retrieved from http://www.education.miami.edu/isaac/public_web/chaptwo.htm