Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America

Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America

by Lisbeth Schorr
     
 

In her previous book, Within Our Reach, renowned Harvard social analyst Lisbeth Schorr examined pilot social programs that were successful in helping disadvantaged youth and families. But as those cutting-edge programs were expanded, the very qualities that had made them initially successful were jettisoned, and less than half of them ultimately survived. As

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In her previous book, Within Our Reach, renowned Harvard social analyst Lisbeth Schorr examined pilot social programs that were successful in helping disadvantaged youth and families. But as those cutting-edge programs were expanded, the very qualities that had made them initially successful were jettisoned, and less than half of them ultimately survived. As a result, these groundbreaking programs never made a dent on the national or statewide level.

Lisbeth Schorr has spent the past seven years researching and identifying large-scale programs across the country that are promising to reduce, on a community- or citywide level, child abuse, school failure, teenage pregnancy, and welfare dependence. From reformed social service agencies in Missouri, Michigan, and Los Angeles to "idiosyncratic" public schools in New York City, she shows how private and public bureaucracies are successfully nurturing programs that are flexible and responsive to the community, that have set clear, long-term goals, and that permit staff to exercise individual judgment in helping the disadvantaged. She shows how what works in small-scale pilot social programs can be adapted on a large scale to transform whole inner-city neighborhoods and reshape America.

On the heels of the federal government's dismantling of welfare guarantees, Common Purpose offers a welcome antidote to our current sense of national despair, and concrete proof that America's social institutions can be made to work to assure that all the nation's children develop the tools to share in the American dream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385475334
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. ISpreading and Sustaining Success
1What Works and Why We Have So Little of It3
2Spreading What Works Beyond the Hothouse22
3Taming Bureaucracies to Support What Works65
4A New Focus on Results115
5Finding Out What Works140
Pt. IIReforming Systems
6Beyond Welfare Repeal: Real Welfare Reform157
7Strengthening a Collapsing Child Protection System197
8Educating America's Children232
Pt. IIIRebuilding Communities
9Synergy: Putting It All Together to Transform Neighborhoods301
Epilogue: We Can Achieve Our Common Purpose380
Notes386
Selected Bibliography450
Acknowledgments467
Index471

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