This report was the result of a research partnership between the Cedar-Humphrey Action for Neighborhood and Community Engagement (CHANCE) and the West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC). The purpose of this report is to determine ways in which neighborhood organizations, and specifically the WBCC, can be an effective collaborator within the Cedar-Riverside Partnership, Dania Partners, the University District Partnership Alliance, and any future collaboration that may develop. This report was based on a literature review of twenty articles, twenty interviews with members of collaborations within and outside of Cedar-Riverside, and five case studies of local and national collaborations for community development.
The WBCC is currently the only organization within Cedar-Riverside that is a member of the Cedar-Riverside Partnership, Dania Partners, and the University District Partnership Alliance. While this presents an opportunity to promote community engagement, several barriers have been identified to collaboration including a need for a unifying mission, a lack of collaborative capacity, and barriers to communication. However, collaboration is seen as an asset, and there is hope within Cedar-Riverside for new leadership.
The theories to collaboration presented in this report are based upon the idea of asset-based community development, which advocates identifying resources within the community that can be mobilized for community development. Additionally, several factors were identified as being present within both effective neighborhood organizations, and collaborations for community development.
The five case studies revealed several overarching lessons for effective collaboration, including the need for a strong vision for collaboration, the importance of the structure of the partnership, and the need for an effective use of available resources. Additionally, the case studies showed the importance of staff, and displayed how effective collaboration can increase the prominence of an organization within a community.
Corn, Jeff; Domansky, Scott. Collaboration for Community Development in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. May 15 2009. May 29 2009. Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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Corn, Jeff; Domansky, Scott.
Collaboration for Community Development in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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