Princeton University Library Catalog

Engaging the community in decision making : case studies tracking participation, voice and influence / Roz Diane Lasker and John A. Guidry.

Lasker, Roz Diane [Browse]
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2009.
vii, 239 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Summary note:
"In recent years, the rapidly growing field of community participation has promised to give people formerly excluded from decision making an influential voice. Inclusive processes have given community members new opportunities to be involved, but how effective are these processes in promoting the voice and influence of the people who have historically been excluded the most - the poorest, least educated, and most marginalized? Whose voices are influential, whose aren't, and why?" "This book summarizes how five community partnerships, working with a team of researchers, attempted to answer these critical questions. Investigating 10 cases - two from each community partnership - the study tracks the ideas of everyone involved and reveals how and why the ideas of marginalized and ordinary residents were far less likely to be influential than those of people with more clout, resources, or acknowledged expertise. Finally, the authors explain how and why these influence inequities can be overcome, providing readers with practical, evidence-based tools to help them do so."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-235) and index.
Introduction. Are We Actually Doing What We Want to Be Doing? -- Case Narratives -- 1. Community Voices Against Violence in Cass Lake, Minnesota -- 2. Housing for Single Mothers in Humboldt Park, Chicago -- 3. A "Poor Man's Bank" in the Southeast Oklahoma Enterprise Community -- 4. A Workforce Alliance Minigrant Program in the Mississippi Delta -- 5. The Community Leadership Team of Story County, Iowa -- 6. Developing a Professionalization Curriculum in the Mississippi Delta -- 7. Revitalizing Cass Lake, Minnesota -- 8. Community Centers in Southeastern Oklahoma -- 9. The Incorporation of Beyond Welfare in Ames, Iowa -- 10. Saving a Mural in Humboldt Park, Chicago -- Cross-Case Analysis -- 11. The Pathway of Ideas -- Application to Practice -- 12. Realizing the Promise of Community Participation.
Case Reports
  • 9780786443123 (softcover : alk. paper)
  • 078644312X (softcover : alk. paper)
Related name:
C - S