Bringing together peers from different communities to solve shared problems, as Casey did in its Making Connections initiative, is an effective technical assistance strategy for result-driven community change efforts.  Although the “peer-match” process developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy is time and resource intensive, it can be more cost effective than more traditional forms of technical assistance. This report describes in detail what peer matches are and how to use them effectively. 

January 18, 2006

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What pre-match planning entails before community teams meet.

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    Who is involved in a peer match.

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    The process involved in matching potential communities and community teams.

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    The keys to continued community success and learning.

Key Takeaway

Communities learn best from each other

The peer match process is rigorous, intensive and can be expensive. But participating communities may save money and get better results quicker compared to technical assistance that relies on bringing in outside experts. The reason: Peer matches can surface concrete strategies quickly by drawing on the hands-on expertise of folks who have experience solving a problem a community has requested help on. 

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