Define Your Goals
Core values define what matters, to whom, and why. But community development goals often reflect underlying values that have not been made explicit or widely discussed. "Doing" community development more effectively, and evaluating it well too, rests on some effort to make broad goals and the values that underlie them clearer—and to manage common dilemmas in how the goals are pursued. One reason is that a range of goals often lead to competing and taken-for-granted ideas about what will define "success." The learning guide [PDF] and knowledge-in-action brief [PDF] in this section tackle these fundamentals with specific questions, discussion, and advice.
- Robert Halpern, "The Emergence of Neighborhood Initiative," [PDF] in Rebuilding the Inner City (New York: Columbia, 1995).