Systematic Observations of Neighborhood Order: Assessing the Methodology in Evaluating a Community-based Initiative

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A systematic pre- and postintervention neighborhood observation constituted one component of the evaluation of an initiative to eliminate a street-drug market. Analysis focused on multiple indicators of social and physical order and disorder, as well as physical decay. No noticeable changes were found, but variations in physical and social attributes between the market area and other segments of the neighborhood were revealed. These results suggest lessons that can be learned—and questions that should be considered—with regard to the application of the neighborhood observation methodology to an evaluation of this type of strategic, community-based initiative.

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Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(1), 42-60
Language: English
Date: 2013
observational research, evaluation, street-drug markets

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