A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change: Partnering to Improve Life Outcomes for Youth and Families in Under-Served Neighborhoods

ISBN : 9780190463311

Larry M. Gant; Leslie Hollingsworth; Patricia L. Miller; Tina R. Shanks; Paula Allen-Meares
320 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Urban renewal has been the dominant approach to revitalizing industrialized communities that fall into decline. A national, community-based organization, the Skillman Foundation sought to engage in a joint effort with the University of Michigan's School of Social Work to bring six neighborhoods in one such declining urban center, Detroit, back to positions of strength and national leadership. A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change introduces readers to the basis for the Foundation's solicitation of social work expertise and the social context within which the work of technical assistance began. Building on research, the authors introduce the theory and practice knowledge of earlier scholars, including the conduct of needs assessments at multiple levels, engagement of community members in identifying problem-solving strategies, assistance in developing community goals, and implementation of social work field instruction opportunities. Lessons learned and challenges are described as they played out in the process of creating partnerships for the Foundation with community leaders, engaging and maintaining youth involvement, managing roles and relationships with multiple partners recruited by the Foundation for their specialized expertise, and ultimately conducting the work of technical assistance within a context of increasing influence of the city's surrounding systems (political, economic, educational, and social). Readers will especially note the role of technical assistance in an evolving theory of change.


Carol Goss
Contributor List
Chapter 1: Introduction to Good Neighborhoods
Paula Allen-Meares
Chapter 2: Detroit: The Emergence, Decline and Possible Revitalization of a Great City
Reynolds Farley
Chapter 3: Community Development and Place-Based Neighborhood Change
Larry M. Gant
Chapter 4: Introducing the Six Good Neighborhoods Communities
Trina R. Shanks
Chapter 5: Theories of Change: Creating and Going Forward
Leslie Hollingsworth, Larry M. Gant
Chapter 6: Community Change Process: The Planning Phase
Leslie Hollingsworth, Larry M. Gant, Patricia Miller
Chapter 7: Building and Maintaining Community Capacity: How the TAC Supported Neighborhood Organizations
Trina R. Shanks, Leslie Hollingsworth, Patricia Miller
Chapter 8: Building and Maintaining Community Capacity: How the TAC Supported Neighborhood Residents
Trina R. Shanks, Patricia Miller
Chapter 9: Helping Communities Design Governance Structures: The Technical Assistance Center Approach
Larry M. Gant
Chapter 10: Innovative Approaches in Field Instruction and Educational Practice Innovations for Training Social Work Student Interns
Larry M. Gant
Chapter 11: Measurable Results of Good Neighborhoods: What Was Accomplished?
Trina R. Shanks, Sonia Harb, Sue Ann Savas
Chapter 12: Lessons Learned: Stream of Thought
Paula Allen-Meares, Leslie Hollingsworth, Patricia Milleru
Tonya Allen
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I


Paula G. Allen-Meares, PhD, MSW, Chancellor Emerita, John Corbally Presidential Professor, Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago; Executive Director, Office of Health Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dean and Professor Emerita/Norma Radin Collegiate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Trina R. Shanks, PhD, MSW, MPh, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Larry M. Gant, PhD, MA, MSW, Professor, School of Social Work; Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan; Leslie D. Hollingsworth, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Patricia L. Miller, MSW, Past Project Director, School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center, University of Michigan