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Orienteering Over New Ground: A Neighbourhood Theory of Change

Discussion Paper by Cheryl Gorman

Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC), a federally funded initiative, was launched in February 2005. ANC explored resident-led approaches to strengthening neighbourhoods that would help individuals and families build sustainable, healthy communities.

Cheryl Gorman discusses findings from ANC’s policy dialogue group. According to Gorman, the group derived several conclusions: strengthening neighbourhoods is important because poverty is becoming more concentrated in specific neighbourhoods; these poor neighbourhoods have high concentrations of other risk factors; and living in a poor neighbourhood negatively impacts one’s quality of life. The author also points out that direct investment can improve a neighbourhood’s economic and social health.

The ANC project revealed valuable lessons regarding the inter-relationships and role of transformational change among neighbourhoods, bridge-builders, and systems of support. Blending ANC experience and international research, a preliminary neighbourhood well-being index and logic model are provided in the paper. Gorman concludes that additional work is needed to understand the processes required to strengthen neighbourhoods.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Cheryl Gorman;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty / 2006
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation / 2006


Keywords / Tags:

resident-led approaches; strengthening neighbourhoods; neighbourhood renewal; sustainable healthy communities; Action for Neighbourhood Change; policy dialogue; poverty; quality of life; direct investment;