Community Development Investment Review
Since 2005, the Community Development Investment Review has focused on bridging the gap between theory and practice, from as many viewpoints as possible. In order to better reflect the journal’s goal to advance cross-sector dialogue around a range of emerging issues and related investments, the Review will soon become the Community Development Innovation Review. This new focus on innovation broadens the scope of the journal and thus its opportunity to accelerate promising solutions.
A forthcoming volume will focus on climate change adaptation and community development, and we’re accepting proposals through August 22, 2018. We are interested in manuscripts that provide some conceptual advancements for how the community development sector could or should approach the challenges and opportunities of climate change. Read the complete call for proposals.
This issue of the Community Development Investment Review celebrates the five year anniversary of the book Investing in What Works for America’s Communities and builds on its themes by exploring innovations and lessons learned from cross-sector practice across a range of issues. The first section begins with reflections from some of the original authors and early adopters of What Works. It then examines two place-based, multi-site initiatives designed to strengthen collaborative leadership and effect systems change, and also highlights innovative approaches from across the country. The second section presents case study profiles of “community quarterbacks” from the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative, a joint effort between the Citi Foundation and LIIF to provide flexible support and technical assistance to 14 community-based organizations. The case study profiles provide concrete examples of how community quarterbacks are working to marshal resources, build trust with residents, and break down silos, offering hard-won lessons learned for others in the field.