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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Community-Based Initiatives by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Evaluating CBIs: Facing the Challenges and Improving Practice

Karen Horsch from Harvard Family Research Project reveals the practices that nine evaluators of community-based initiatives have used and lessons they have learned addressing challenges.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Mercer Sullivan

Mercer Sullivan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and Senior Research Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, talks about using ethnography to study community-based initiatives.

Promising Practices

Implementing a Theories of Change Evaluation in the Cleveland Community-Building Initiative

Sharon Milligan, Claudia Coulton, and Peter York of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change and Ronald Register, Executive Director of the Cleveland Community-Building Initiative, explain how a theories of change approach can be used to address the constraints of traditional evaluation techniques.

Promising Practices

Neighborhood Indicators and Community Initiatives

G. Thomas Kingsley, Director of the Center for Public Finance and Housing at the Urban Institute, discusses the use of neighborhood indicators and their relevance to community initiatives.

Promising Practices

Learner-Centered Evaluation Practice: The Banana Kelly Experience

Joe Hall, President of Banana Kelly International, and Marianne Cocchini, Founder of AER/MAC Consulting, write about evaluation as a learning enterprise for a CBI.

Evaluations to Watch

Evaluating the Kellogg Youth Initiative Partnerships

Ricardo Millett, Director of Evaluation at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, shares information about the evaluation of the Kellogg Youth Initiative Partnerships.


Comprehensive Community Development and Family Support: An HFRP Report Highlights Central Themes and Common Ground

Louisa Lund from Harvard Family Research Project summarizes the findings of her paper on common themes in community development.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

New & Noteworthy

An annotated list of organizations and initiatives related to the issue's theme of Community-Based Initiatives.

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