Community Building to Drive Change

Strategies for the Atlanta Civic Site

Posted April 15, 2014
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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For over 10 years, Casey has invested in a group of Atlanta neighborhoods rife with poverty. This brief shows how community building — the practice of working with residents and community-based organizations to strengthen civic life and develop community-driven action to address challenges — has transformed the work. The paper shares key principles, strategies and tactics that the Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site team used for its community-building framework.

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Key Takeaway

Community building must include a framework for managing expectations, results and change

Although any number of activities can improve a place or impact the people living there, having a clear framework for community building means supporting people’s collective and individual capacity to manage change in their neighborhoods. Ultimately, Casey must measure its impact by proxy: Its contribution is only as relevant, effective and powerful as the people themselves because they instigate, sustain and manage community change.