How Communities Work Together

Using the tool of social network analysis, this report by MDRC offers preliminary insights into the conditions for more successful collective action by examining the distribution of power among local actors, the ties between more distant organizations and a core of activity, and the depth of community partnerships.

"Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices"

Focusing on "legacy cities," this paper from Center for Community Progress gives ideas on how to act comprehensively to improve a community, with acknowledgement that issues like historic preservation, economic opportunity, public safety and resident involvement are part of the mix.

"The Paths to Leadership in Community Change"

This report outlines the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative, a comprehensive community development partnership which put in place a sustainable leadership team capable of moving forward with a common vision.