ERIC Number: ED194157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Brief Manual on the Building of a Neighborhood Coalition.
Brown, Stephen; Margolis, Arlene
Guidelines for the organization and operation of neighborhood development programs are provided, based on the experiences of a community coalition coordinated by Northern Essex Community College (NECC). This neighborhood development project attempted to provide staff support to local neighborhood associations, structure a coalition among the associations for greater political visibility, provide workshops on community problems, and conduct a survey of adolescent needs. The steps in the assessment of community needs are discussed first, including consultation with neighborhood leaders and organized community analysis research. The bulk of the manual examines 11 considerations in project organization and operation: yielding leadership to the neighborhood residents themselves; providing programs which are beneficial to the community at large, of which the neighborhood is only a part; acquiring staff trained in organizational development; providing flexibility in project agenda; utilizing the occupational know-how and life experiences of participants; planning for continued funding; helping neighborhood leaders manage time and delegate responsibility; broadening the base of the coalition through public relations; setting realistic goals; collecting data for government agencies; avoiding conflicts between member associations; and understanding the implications of using political, social, and media power. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Northern Essex Community Coll., Haverhill, MA.