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"Sustainable Communities Quantitative Analysis Summary"

In early 2007, LISC researchers implemented an evaluation to assess the outcomes of the Sustainable Communities program to determine whether neighborhoods have indeed changed in relation to what would otherwise be expected, and how those changes have been produced.

Finding out whether changes were produced at all is the subject of this quantitative analysis. This report describes where the quantitative assessment stands as of November 2009.

 The discussion proceeds through five sections:

  • Section 1: Brief overview of the Sustainable Communities Initiative and the multiple characteristics of communities that define the initiative’s outcomes for quantitative assessment purposes.

  • Section 2: Discussion of research questions and approach, emphasizing the two basic tasks of monitoring neighborhood change indicators and assessing the effects Sustainable Communities programs may have had on those changes.

  • Section 3: Describes the multiple types of data used in the analysis and how indicators of community change will be constructed from these data.

  • Section 4: Discusses the analysis approach to each of the monitoring and assessment tasks, emphasizing the importance of careful analysis of trends in analysis and comparison neighborhoods, including use of interrupted time series analysis.

  • Section 5:  Outlines project organization, management and work tasks, and discusses the emerging partnership between LISC and the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.

Sustainable Communities Quantitative Analysis Summary

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