Community Government: Examining the Cincinnati Experience

Julie Kiernan, University of Cincinnati
Timothy W. Godsey, University of Cincinnati
James Frank, University of Cincinnati

ABSTRACT
The Cincinnati Neighborhood Action Strategy (CNAS) is a program to help communities solve problems by having greater access to city agencies and represents a major shift toward community oriented government. Using data collected at team meetings and from a survey that was administered to all CNAS team members we examine team members' motivations for involvement, organizational support, perceived outcomes and team problem solving processes. We conclude with issues surrounding program efficacy, participation of team members, and policy recommendations for implementing community-based programs.

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