Measure Your Progress
Our learning guide [PDF] and knowledge-in-action brief [PDF] in this section focus on understanding and shaping neighborhood change, including the challenge of making a case for community development's impact on people and places when objectives are many and varied, stakeholders value different things, and data and measures are hard to come by. But the wider menu of choices here includes assessing the capacity and performance of programs, organizations, and neighborhood initiatives that may involved multiple organizations and intervention strategies over time. These are core issues for managers, governance agents (including board members), funders, evaluators, and others. Our learning guide here connects you to the menu of questions and options, and the NeighborWorks link below offers a particularly rich, action-oriented guide.
- Howell Baum, "How Should We Measure Community Initiatives?" [PDF] Journal of the American Planning Association (2001).
- Norm Glickman and Lisa Servon, "More than Bricks and Sticks: Five Components of Community Development Corporation Capacity," [PDF] Housing Policy Debate (1998).
- NeighborWorks America, "Community Development Evaluation: Story Map and Legend," (June 2006).
- "Performance Management: Basic Concepts."
- Susan Philliber, "The Virtue of Specificity in Theory of Change Evaluation," in New Approaches to Evaluating Community Initiatives, vol.2, New York: Aspen Roundtable.