Understanding citizen involvement in the development of community capacity: An exploratory study

Social capital is an important construct that describes a neighborhood's or community's ability to solve problems. Emerging research has documented how this neighborhood "capital" can prevent health-compromising behaviors and ameliorate social ills. Consensus on the models and techniques for building this neighborhood capital has not been reached. However, experts do agree that citizen involvement is a key ingredient in the development of any social capital. The purpose of this project is to document and classify the models of citizen involvement currently being practiced within the community justice movement. The community justice movement provides a laboratory for studying various forms of civic engagement by grassroots community members and the models by which engagement is practiced. The overall goal of the project is to advance research on the role of citizen involvement in building community capacity by helping to develop a systematic inventory of conferencing models, intervention objectives, and underlying theories associated with various models.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $178,783.00

Awarded on: 12/15/1999

Time frame: 1/1/2000 - 9/30/2003

Grant Number: 37087


Florida Atlantic University

220 S.E. Second Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, 33301-1914


Gordon Bazemore
Project Director


Mara Schiff
Project Director