Local Voices: On-the-Ground Perspectives on Driving Community Change in the Making Connections Sites

by Scott Hebert

Jul 24, 2014
This report describes, from the perspective of local stakeholders, the experience of several sites involved in Making Connections -- the Foundation's signature community change initiative of the 2000s -- in developing and enhancing the core capacities essential for articulating and pursuing a local community change agenda. The report describes the conditions in the communities when Making Connections began; the core capacities built during the decade-long initiative; the factors that contributed to capacity building; the evidence of improved outcomes for children, families and neighborhoods resulting from the enhanced change capacities; the continuing challenges of sustaining those capacities; and key takeaways from the experience.
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