Exploring the Dimensionality of Community Capacity

Brian C. Renauer, Portland State University
Jason D. Scott, University at Albany

The term "community capacity" is considered an important component for the sustainability and vitality of urban neighborhoods. This paper explores the dimensionality in existing conceptualizations of community capacity. Efforts are undertaken to clarify and quantify the dimensions of community capacity by examining survey data of neighborhood organization leaders. Models are developed that illustrate community capacity as a variable outcome that builds over time and as an important force that influences a variety of neighborhood outcomes, including public safety and quality of life.

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