Community Development: A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process

Community Development: A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process

Community Development: A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process (48 pages, PDF), a new report from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, draws on the community development literature and evaluations of community development initiatives to spotlight the critical role of collaboration in community development. Focusing on community development as a participatory endeavor, the guide discusses the elements of effective process; describes the necessary combination of people, political, and collaborative skills; provides examples of obstacles to collaboration; and offers tools that grantmakers and their grantees can use to overcome those obstacles. The report also includes strategies based on the experience of the Hewlett Foundation and other community development grantmakers, as well as additional resources for evaluation and collaboration.