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Book Review: A Wider, Wilder View of Program Evaluation
Evaluation guru Michael Quinn Patton gives evaluators permission to break out of some of the field’s traditional boxes to find answers for programs that are multifaceted and constantly evolving.
Complex Solutions for a Complicated World -- Letter from the Publisher
Because neighborhoods, comprehensive community development and the questions that practitioners struggle with are so complex, the Institute sponsors Research Roundtables, seminars and this Journal.
Designing for Healthy Communities: Active Living and Comprehensive Community Development
This paper from Active Living Research offers a summary of empirical evidence that can be used by community developers to add a public health component to their work.
Gardens for Great, Green Communities
This article from the LISC Green Development Center outlines the opportunities that urban gardening offers, with a special focus on examples of job-training and employment programs.
Institute Journal, Volume 2, Number 2: December 2011
The third issue of the Journal of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development features articles that explore how community development can have the best impact in a complex world.
Intergenerational Leadership
What a neighborhood and the wider community offer to a family—how it protects, nurtures and supports that family—can mean a great deal for how well everyone in the family does.
Research Round Up: Aligning Schools into the Neighborhood
A new report from the Center for Cities and Schools at the University of California-Berkeley examines strategies to link and integrate community improvement and school improvement efforts.
Research Round Up: Community Leadership as a Complex Job
Two Australian researchers attempt to bridge the divide between complexity theory and practice for community development in a paper on social capital and how it is mobilized.
Research Round Up: Taking Lessons from Medicine
Two researchers argue that violence prevention efforts could become more effective if there were more research into violence prevention and greater effort to apply that research.
State of Practice in Designing for Healthy Communities
Previous research has identified numerous environment and policy changes likely to be effective in promoting active living and healthy eating. This piece lists key existing programs and projects.
The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative: Improving Developmental Outcomes Through Comprehensive Interventions
This paper offers an introduction to the concept of evidence-based interventions and how Promise Neighborhoods and similar programs can utilize multiple, overlapping interventions.
Up for Discussion -- Regionalism and Affordable Housing
To discuss one aspect of regional thinking—housing policy—we asked for the views of Edward Goetz and Myron Orfield, both long-time proponents of affordable housing.
What Comes Next: Opportunity and Risk for Comprehensive Community Development
After a stint at OMB, Xavier de Souza Briggs talks candidly about why we should widen our conception of how place-based programs work, how to think about measuring success, and more.
Institute Journal, Volume 2, Number 1: July 2011
The wide-ranging July 2011 issue of the Institute Journal explores topics from the use of data in planning to how relationships impact community development.
A Natural Connection: The Role of Public Safety in Community Development
Across the country, local organizations are working with police to incorporate public safety into the mix of issues addressed in a comprehensive community development initiative -- with good results.
Comprehensive Community Development at the Federal Level: A Q&A with the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Two top HUD officials discuss Choice Neighborhoods, working across agencies on comprehensive initiatives and what it takes to support a comprehensive approach.
Evaluating Integration in Elev8
An evaluation of Elev8, a program using a comprehensive approach to transform the educational achievement and life outcomes of disadvantaged middle-school students in five Chicago schools.
Family Matters
For my entire career in community development I have held the belief in family as the embodiment of the values that allow individuals and communities to succeed and contribute to our society.
Paying Attention to Prevention -- Letter from the Publisher
Today, many comprehensive initiatives are focusing on prevention: helping individuals, families and communities avoid social ills before they occur, not just mediating the damage afterward.
Research Round Up: Working Together in Strive
Cincinnati, Ohio, is making progress in the improvement of public education not by finding one big solution but by embracing many small ones, and —here’s the…
Research Round Up: Mixed-Income But Not Mixing
The authors draw a fairly pessimistic picture of the state of interaction in these mixed-income developments and its prospects for positive neighborhood effects
Survival Through Social Networks
Sean Safford tries to explain why Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown, Ohio, fared so differently after the collapse of their core industry, steel.
BOOK REVIEW: The Politics of Happiness
In his new book, former Harvard President Derek Bok says that public policy in the U.S. has neglected to promote the well-being and happiness of Americans.
Building the Platform for Community Development
After twelve eventful and creative years of pursuing a comprehensive development program in Chicago, just what do we think we’re doing? Here's an overview of how the New Communities Program was…
COMMENTARY: After Shorebank
In August 2010 Shorebank, the nation’s first community development bank, failed after thirty-plus years of operation. Richard Taub reflects on Shorebank’s passing.

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