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University of Michigan School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center, Good Neighborhoods Initiative
 

Summary: University of Michigan School of Social Work
Technical Assistance Center, Good Neighborhoods Initiative
April 2007
1
Governance
I. Background/Considerations
Neighborhood-based governance may be defined as the use of neighborhood-level mechanisms and
processes to guide planning, decision making, coordination, and implementation of activities within the
neighborhood; the representation of neighborhood interests to actors beyond the neighborhood; and the
accountability and responsibility for actions undertaken on behalf of the neighborhood1
. Governance
structures may also provide administrative oversight and fiscal accountability to a project, as well as a
mechanism for the development of collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders2
.
Developing and strengthening governance is a long-term process that may often occur in phases. For
example, as an initiative emerges the start up phase might be characterized by individual projects
connected through informal linkages. As the work expands, resources are leveraged and strategic alliances
created, increasing the number of stakeholders involved in all projects undertaken. At this point, issues of
governance revolve around how to connect projects, develop organizational structures, and coordinate
efforts to strengthen the initiative. How the informal and formal relationships, institutional structures, and

  

Source: Awtar, Shorya - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

 

Collections: Engineering