Assessing Community Capacity in Rural America: Some Lessons from Two Rural Areas. Working Paper by Alex Marre and Bruce Weber of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. August, 2007.

Assessing Community Capacity in Rural America: Some Lessons from Two Rural Areas. Working Paper by Alex Marre and Bruce Weber of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. August, 2007.

Assessing Community Capacity in Rural America: Some Lessons from Two Rural Areas

This paper, written by Alex Marre and Bruce Weber of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center, reviews literature on community capacity and related concepts, then examines the New Rural Economy Rural Observatory and community social capital assessments of Central Oregon Ventures program for lessons that can inform the understanding of these concepts in the rural United States. Drawing on publications and reports from these programs and input from the principals, the paper focuses on the criteria used to select rural communities, local participation in project design and data collection, and the measures used to assess community capacity in the projects. The goal is to generate knowledge leading to policies supportive of sustainable rural places.

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