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FY 2018 Community Conversations Research

Executive Summary

The following proposal, entitled Good Neighbor Campaign: A CBPR Study Assessing Strategy & Impact, is a collaborative project grounded in partnership between academic researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) and community-based researchers at Westside Health Authority (WHA). WHA is a 30 year-old, community-based organization located in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. One of the largest neighborhoods in the city, Austin struggles disproportionately with structural and community violence. In an effort to confront this social crisis, WHA launched its Good Neighbor Campaign in the fall of 2016. This initiative connects neighbors block by block in order to facilitate civic engagement, social cohesion, and problem solving of local residents.

Our research team proposes a community-based participatory research (CBPR), case study design to examine the Good Neighbor Campaign's strategies and impact; the roles of stakeholders and partnerships in the work of the Campaign; individual, family, and community-level factors that facilitate and hinder the Campaign's effectiveness; and ways in which the Campaign may further combat structural and community violence in Austin. To achieve these aims, we will conduct semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups with Austin residents, structured participant observations of Good Neighbor Campaign events, and quantitative analysis of residents' collective efficacy. Led by a Project Director (PD) and co-Project Director (co-PD) who are experienced with CBPR, academic and community researchers will collaborate across all stages of the research-to-action process. Our team requests $104,658 of funding for one year from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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