• Burton, Paul A (Principal Investigator)
  • Slater, Tom (Co-Investigator)
  • Croft, Jacqui A (Co-Investigator)
  • Macdonald, Geraldine M (Co-Investigator)
  • Abbott, Joanne A (Co-Investigator)
  • Hastings, Annette (Co-Investigator)
  • Goodlad, Robina (Co-Investigator)

Project Details


As part of its work on civic renewal, the Home Office is concerned with both the extent and effectiveness in all aspects of civic life, and requires a focused systematic review of research evidence of community involvement in area-based initiatives (ABIs). Measures designed to alleviate poverty, ill health and poor housing in the UK have a long history, but ABIs emerged from the belief that bottom-up approaches to concentrations of poverty are better than top-down approaches. ABIs are multi-faceted schemes that reflect the views and aspirations of the people who live in targeted areas (usually sub-town or city) and are thus different from earlier schemes which were largely driven by the views of outsiders.

This review aims to test these assumptions in a systematic and rigorous manner through the collection and analysis of a wide range of studies that address the connections between community involvement and the effectiveness of ABIs. We will consult a broad range of databases using a carefully selected set of key search terms, with the aim of harvesting a range of academic and policy documents which assess the effectiveness of community involvement. In our final report to the Home Office we hope to make a significant evidence-based contribution to policymaking on troubled areas in the UK.
Effective start/end date1/04/031/08/03

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research


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