Resources: Tools

Tamarack has developed a series of tools that can be used by communities during the key stages in the development of their ANC (or similar) projects.

These tools were based on Tamarack’s generic experience and then further shaped by the results of the ANC project and the experience of local organizations. The tools were as communities used them to ensure they remain relevant to the local experience.

The following tools have been developed:


Community Capacity Building Planning Resources for Neighbourhood Renewal

Community Capacity Building Planning Resources for Neighbourhood Renewal was designed to assist the staff and volunteers involved in the Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) initiative with the implementation of a community based planning process.

This tool consists of:

  • A Theoretical Framework for the ANC Approach to Planning
  • An Overview of the Planning Process
  • Glossary of Terms

Brief descriptions of the Pre-Planning, Capacity Building Planning Process and Community Action components are provided, while resource documents and web links related to each element of the framework provide access to a wide range of ideas and experiences. The resources are primarily relevant to effective planning practices, although several documents of a general nature have been included as they are particularly useful to the understanding of community development work.


A Guide for Neighbourhood Planning

Tamarack has produced a guide for organizations that have decided to use a Comprehensive Community Initiative (CCI) approach to renewing community life. It is designed for the staff responsible for community initiatives, local residents and community organizations.

This resource may be helpful to groups who prefer to focus more narrowly (i.e. not to work comprehensively), but the principles that guide the resource are based on an assumption that your planning group has decided to use a comprehensive approach.

There are four basic principles that will enhance community renewal reflected through this resource, including:

  • Multisectoral collaboration
  • Comprehensive thinking and action
  • Community learning and change
  • Community asset building

This resource has been developed with the life cycle of CCI’s in mind. However, it recognizes that, while the end product of a planning process needs to be a solid plan, it is just as important that the process be used as a tool for mobilizing people, organizations and resources for the work that comes after the planning is done.


Strengthening Relationships with Local Government

Tamarack has produced a guide in response to the relationship that community-based projects have with their municipal government. This tool looks at the many different interactions between players that, collectively, determine the nature of the overall relationship between a resident-led, community-based initiative and local government. It also makes practical suggestions for ways to improve those interactions and to strengthen relationships.

This resource may be helpful to the staff and volunteer residents who are working together to revitalize their neighbourhoods through community-based initiatives. This tool may also be useful to mayors, regional chairs, municipal councilors and staff who share a vision for neighbourhood vitality.

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ANC Sketches - Building a Neighbourhood Renewal Process

This paper describes ANC’s current understanding of change at the neighbourhood level. It presents 11 sketches of work done in the five sites that demonstrate theory in action. It ends with an analysis which provides further feedback and insight into the theory of change itself.

This publication is modelled after one developed for Vibrant Communities – a pan-Canadian learning initiative launched in 2002 that brings together participants from many sectors in order to reduce poverty and enhance community vitality. In From the Field was produced to capture poverty-reduction strategies, and discern trends and lessons from which to draw future project directions [Cabaj, Makhoul, Leviten-Reid 2006]. Similarly, ANC Sketches provides a snapshot of projects which help planners to reflect on and refine their understanding of the change process. It also is meant to act as a resource to other neighbourhood or community organizers who wish to learn about effective interventions.

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Neighbourhood Change and the Role of Centraide United Way of Greater Montreal in Saint-Michel

This paper focuses on the unique transformative role that Centraide/United Way of Greater Montreal has placed with particular reference to the experience in Saint-Michel. It seeks to create a better understanding of the vital role than an intermediary organization, such as Centraide, can play in supporting community action.

By acting strategically, Centraide has embarked on a course to consolidate is poverty reduction knowledge, assess its learning, reach out to other places, build on the experience of others, construct partnerships, collaborate in new ways and, above all, to support community building to reduce poverty.

The purpose of this paper is, in part, to explore the Centraide’s commitment to Saint-Michel and to understand the reasons for this unique investment.

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