Tamarack has developed a series of tools
that can be used by communities during the key stages in the development
of their ANC (or similar) projects.
These tools were based on Tamarack’s generic experience
and then further shaped by the results of the ANC project and the experience
of local organizations. The tools were as communities used them to ensure
they remain relevant to the local experience.
The following tools have been developed:
Community Capacity Building Planning Resources for Neighbourhood
Renewal was designed to assist the staff and volunteers involved in the
Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) initiative with the implementation
of a community based planning process.
This tool consists of:
- A Theoretical Framework for the ANC Approach to Planning
- An Overview of the Planning Process
- Glossary of Terms
Brief descriptions of the Pre-Planning, Capacity Building
Planning Process and Community Action components are provided, while resource
documents and web links related to each element of the framework provide
access to a wide range of ideas and experiences. The resources are primarily
relevant to effective planning practices, although several documents of
a general nature have been included as they are particularly useful to
the understanding of community development work.
Tamarack has produced a guide for organizations that
have decided to use a Comprehensive Community Initiative (CCI)
approach to renewing community life. It is designed for the staff responsible
for community initiatives, local residents and community organizations.
This resource may be helpful to groups who prefer to
focus more narrowly (i.e. not to work comprehensively), but the principles
that guide the resource are based on an assumption that your planning
group has decided to use a comprehensive approach.
There are four basic principles that will enhance community
renewal reflected through this resource, including:
- Multisectoral collaboration
- Comprehensive thinking and action
- Community learning and change
- Community asset building
This resource has been developed with the life cycle
of CCI’s in mind. However, it recognizes that, while the end product
of a planning process needs to be a solid plan, it is just as important
that the process be used as a tool for mobilizing people, organizations
and resources for the work that comes after the planning is done.
Tamarack has produced a guide in response to the relationship
that community-based projects have with their municipal government. This
tool looks at the many different interactions between players that, collectively,
determine the nature of the overall relationship between a resident-led,
community-based initiative and local government. It also makes practical
suggestions for ways to improve those interactions and to strengthen relationships.
This resource may be helpful to the staff and volunteer
residents who are working together to revitalize their neighbourhoods
through community-based initiatives. This tool may also be useful to mayors,
regional chairs, municipal councilors and staff who share a vision for
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This paper describes ANC’s current understanding
of change at the neighbourhood level. It presents 11 sketches of work
done in the five sites that demonstrate theory in action. It ends with
an analysis which provides further feedback and insight into the theory
of change itself.
This publication is modelled after one developed for
Vibrant Communities – a pan-Canadian learning initiative launched
in 2002 that brings together participants from many sectors in order
to reduce poverty and enhance community vitality. In
From the Field was produced to capture poverty-reduction strategies,
and discern trends and lessons from which to draw future project directions
[Cabaj, Makhoul, Leviten-Reid 2006]. Similarly, ANC Sketches
provides a snapshot of projects which help planners to reflect on and
refine their understanding of the change process. It also is meant to
act as a resource to other neighbourhood or community organizers who
wish to learn about effective interventions.
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This paper focuses on the unique transformative
role that Centraide/United Way of Greater Montreal has placed with
particular reference to the experience in Saint-Michel. It seeks to
create a better understanding of the vital role than an intermediary
organization, such as Centraide, can play in supporting community
By acting strategically, Centraide has embarked on
a course to consolidate is poverty reduction knowledge, assess its
learning, reach out to other places, build on the experience of others,
construct partnerships, collaborate in new ways and, above all, to
support community building to reduce poverty.
The purpose of this paper is, in part, to explore
the Centraide’s commitment to Saint-Michel and to understand
the reasons for this unique investment.
Action for Neighbourhood Change was in operation
from 2005-2007. This site exists to capture and share the learnings
that emerged from this initiative, but new material is no longer being
added on a regular basis. ANC is not responsible for the content of
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please let us know.