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"Defining Community Capacity: A Framework and Implications from a Comprehensive Community Initiative"

During the 1990s, many comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) focused in particular on community building as both a neighborhood transformation strategy and an outcome.

This research paper analyzes the practice of building community capacity, which can come from many different neighborhood sources, and how to use that concept as a way to measure progress.

After a preliminary assessment of the community’s assets – individuals, neighborhood groups and local institutions – the goal should be to engage these parties in a process of connection. Building community capacity with a comprehensive approach means orchestrating instrumental links among these different types of assets in addition to supporting these assets directly.

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