ERIC Number: ED389435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Children, Families, and Communities: Early Lessons from a New Approach to Social Services.
Wynn, Joan R.; And Others
This paper reports on the progress of eight Chicago-based community initiatives designed to redefine social services and broaden social responsibility for the development of children and families. The paper has three sections describing: (1) general background on the children, youth, and families initiative; (2) early lessons from an initiative in progress; and (3) across communities: the roles of the sponsor, the evaluator, and learning. Specific topics covered in these sections include: (1) the purposes and possibilities of an infrastructure and creating a governance entity and process; (2) specific aspects of governance, developing and linking services, and access to services; and (3) the relationships and roles of sponsors within foundations, defining outcomes, balancing objectivity and engagement, process versus outcome evaluation, and the value of the learning process. The paper also includes information on related research from the University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children and on Chapin Hall's Comprehensive Strategies Forum on Handsnet. (JW)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Action, Community Centers, Community Development, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Community Role, Community Services, Community Support, Family Programs, Local Issues, Program Descriptions, Social Problems, Social Services
American Youth Policy Forum, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 719, Washington, DC 20036-5541 ($5 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.; American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Family Resource and Support Programs; Family Support; Illinois (Chicago)
Note: For the 1994 version, see ED 386 277.