Tools and Techniques

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An innovative partnership between merchants, suppliers, and nonprofit agencies is adding social value to everyday business purchases in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The Social Purchasing Portal...
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The first installment of the "Insiders' Guides To Community Renewal," "The Root of the Matter" supplies a brief historical context to the separation of economic decision-making from social relations...
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Garry Loewen explains how Manitoba has evolved into a leader in CED policy and programming. The party in power is one key factor. Another has been the growth over the years of a local "CED community...
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Many cities are trying to undermine poverty with comprehensive, long-term action - action rooted in local energy and assets, yet insistent on government and corporate participation. Mark Cabaj...
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This is a 10-level grid that communities in B.C.'s southern interior have been using to rough out their current capacity for revitalization and the stages by which they might increase that capacity....
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Why is it that some communities are going bust, while others are booming? This is a look the economic "treatments" commonly prescribed to distressed communities: corporate recruitment, government...
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If practitioners of ordinary means (in terms of time, talent, and money) can't use it, it is unlikely to be a Best Practice. Rather, it may just be CED's answer to the Ferrari, and relevant only to...
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Indicators are complicated and sensitive instruments, no question. So whenever they get applied to community development, there is a trade-off between technical standards and local engagement. Often...
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To judge the effectiveness of a project or program fairly, says Mark Friedman of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute (Sante Fe, Ca.), we have to track its performance on the one hand, and on the...
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What's the venue for your use of indicators? A social enterprise? A development corporation? A community-wide revitalization strategy? As two outstanding U.S. projects demonstrate (one from the...