Books

Innovative Measurement and Evaluation of Community Development Practices

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Edited by:  Norman Walzer, Jane Leonard and Mary Emery. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 2016.

Finding innovative and useful measurement practices for community development projects is gaining in importance as policymakers increase the demand for accountability. This book examines some of the latest efforts to document the effectiveness of local development efforts The forms of documentation differ by types of project, jurisdiction and country, but they have a common focus on recognizing the importance of the Community Capitals Framework. This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development

Innovative Community Responses to Disaster

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Edited by: Brent D. Hales, Norman Walzer, and James R. Calvin. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 2015

Increasingly, community leaders around the world face major natural and economic disasters that require them to find ways to rebuild both physical infrastructure and the local economy. Doing this effectively requires an understanding of how various parts of the community are interconnected, as well as information as to which revitalization approaches have been successful in the past. Community investment in recovery is essential and, in some cases, may require local leaders to rethink how it can be financed and arranged. 

This book presents a conceptual framework based on the community capitals, and describes approaches that have succeeded in situations where local leaders have coordinated efforts to rebuild and revialize local conditions. Contributions provide examples of successful approaches around the world, thus analyzing potential strategies for addressing disasters of many different types in various cultural settings. In this way, the brook provides insights into a variety of approaches based on applications of accepted community development theory and concepts. This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development.

Innovative Community Change Practices

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Edited by: Norman Walzer and Sam M. Cordes, Ed. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 2015

The national recession forced many communities to examine new and innovative ways to promote local economic development, resulting in long-term community changes. New techniques and approaches were used to identify available opportunities and programs which could take advantage of development opportunities. A common theme among the contributions to this book is a focus on building leadership capacity. Several chapters discuss the successful practices which are aimed at bringing new leaders into local development efforts. Especially important are ways to identify youth and young adults, and designing programs that bring them into active leadership roles within community development efforts.

On a broader scale, several authors present material regarding building local entrepreneurship capacity, and recognizing that entrepreneurs at different stages in their development have different training and support needs. The discussions in this book will help local policymakers and development practitioners better understand the various development techniques, and find ways to build capacity within their community, stimulating development. This information will be especially useful for groups interested in engaging youth and populations who, in the past, have not been especially active in discussions about community and economic development. This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development.

Community Engagement and Service Mission of Universities

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Edited by: Patricia Inman & Hans G. Schuetze

The untapped energy of universities and other institutions of higher education to address regional issues seems endless. Issues less defined by political boundaries and increasingly defined by place call for a new type of engagement. Generating knowledge with communities rather than for communities contrasts sharply with traditional university attitudes that offer expertise rather than appreciation of indigenous knowledge. This highly topical book addresses the widespread discussion about the regional community function of universities, with particular emphasis on economic and social development, discussing the challenges of engagement, but also the possibilities. Developing policy with such a worldview requires new skills focusing on developing relationships and facilitating collaboration. Finding common ground between diverse stakeholders requires innovation and a new set of tools. This book discusses the obstacles to collaboration and provides strategies for addressing these.

Essential reading for international researchers, practitioners and policy makers concerned with higher education and government, the book provides a foundation for understanding the concepts of both regional policy and engaged higher education institutions. In addition to the theoretical insights gained into the new relationship between universities and communities, the text also illustrates the theory with experiences and innovative examples from well-known institutions of higher education.

University Engagement and Environmental Sustainability

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Edited by: Patricia Inman and Diana Robinson

Universities have a key role to play in contributing to environmental development and combating climate change. The chapters within this volume detail the challenges faced by higher education institutions in considering environmental sustainability, and provide both a broad view of university engagement and a detailed examination of various projects. 

As part of this series in association with the Place and Social Capital and Learning (PASCAL) International Observatory, the three key PASCAL themes of place management, lifelong learning and the development of social capital are considered throughout the book.

While universities have historically generated knowledge outside of specific local contexts, this book argues that it is particularly important for them to engage with the local community and to consider diverse perspectives and assets when looking at issues within an ecological context. The chapters in this volume provide new perspectives and frames of reference for transforming universities by engaging in the development of resilient communities.

Community Visioning Programs: Processes and Outcomes

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Edited by: Norman Walzer and Gisele F. Hamm

This edited volume examines best practices of community visioning programs used across the U.S. to help cities identify future options and ways to implement strategies to reach them. The book focuses on outcomes achieved by these program as well as variations in approaches and techniques such as Breakthrough Solutions and Strategic Doing.