This book provides new insights into an important national community development challenge: how to stimulate the formation of genuinely community-based organizations and effective citizen action in neighborhoods that have not spawned these efforts spontaneously. Using evaluation research and detailed comparative study of community development activity in three diverse demonstration sites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm Beach county, the authors identify key elements of building social capital which strongly affect community development.

Lessons: Building Social Capital

Lessons: Building social capital

The LISC demonstration program was unusual not only because it sought to test the broad applicability of a new approach to community organizing, but also because it attempted to use community organizing as a strategy for promoting community development. This novelty, combined with the clarity of the program design and the richness of the program's experience, also makes it a good vehicle for learning about community development interventions.

This chapter presents lessons in two parts. The first part focuses specifically on the LISC demonstration program, distilling the key program attributes that shaped its performance in pursuing its central objectives and identifying the lessons it has to teach. The second part uses the analysis of the program's design and implementation ...

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