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1. Parker, Anita., Hicks, Ashley., Wilkinson, Deanna., Harvey, Angela. and Davis, Mark. "Building Capacity for Community and Youth Impact in East Columbus" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Exposure to community violence is associated with higher rates of depression, fear of victimization, perceived need for self-protection through weapons carrying or gang affiliations, hopelessness, and adult withdrawal from public spaces (Bingenheimer, Brennan, & Earls, 2005; Gorman-Smith, Henry, & Tolan, 2004; Wilkinson, 2003; 2007; Wilkinson & Carr, 2008). Neighborhoods high in collective efficacy experience significantly lower rates of violent crime (Sampson, Raudenbush, & Earls, 1997; Browning, Feinberg, & Deitz, 2004; Sharkey, 2006). While collaborative community partnerships have the potential to promote lasting positive change, there are numerous challenges to partnerships and evaluating outcomes they produce (Rosenbaum, 2002). The project links OSU researchers with existing collaborative groups organized around neighborhood safety and youth violence prevention on the Near-East side of Columbus, Ohio. It is designed to (re)invigorate community capacity through an assessment of collaborative partnerships and processes operating in the Near-East and to create an accessible knowledge/resource center for community members. The research team achieved a 91% response rate from agencies serving this area. Preliminary analysis suggests that agencies collaborate with an average of 8 other agencies. Our presentation will include respondentsÂ’ evaluations of existing violence prevention efforts, suggestions for strengthening collaborations, and an assessment of agenciesÂ’ partnership needs.

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