By Ross J. Gittell
This e-book presents new insights into a huge nationwide group improvement problem: how you can stimulate the formation of surely community-based corporations and potent citizen motion in neighborhoods that experience no longer spawned those efforts spontaneously.
Using evaluate learn and designated comparative learn of group improvement job in 3 various demonstration websites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm seashore county, the authors establish key parts of establishing social capital which strongly impact neighborhood improvement.
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The L I S C demonstration was premised on the belief that the private-sector support community could be broadly engaged in community development, based on the combination o f mutual benefit and economic gains, not just charity or good will. Weak Ties, Structural Holes, and Social Capital in Low-Income Communities Granovetter and other social network theorists have added additional insight into the core element o f the L I S C demonstration suggested previously—the bridging o f social capital between community groups and the metropolitan area support community.
Key Dimensions of Community Revitalization trol and what we call bonding and bridging capital. Our definition of resident commitment includes commonly described measures of social capital, such as Social Capital and Networks 25 4. , CDCs) Nonprofit and private foundation resources and commitment to community development Private-sector support o f community development 5. 2. ). Our capacity definition follows closely from Temkin and Rohe. It indicates the potential for community residents to act on collective commitment, interests, and objectives.
7 Lessons for the Assessment of the LISC National Demonstration Program The broad outlines o f the demonstration program were a logical extension o f current community development practice and LISC's prior experience. The approach of having new C D C s and new local systems o f support for their work start with small housing developments was well established in the field, and L I S C had extensive experience with it. This gave the program great credibility with both funders and community residents.