There are a couple questions we hear all the time in community-based work like ours. How do you know if your efforts are working? How do you know when you are finished in a community? How do you define success?
We decided it was time to address these questions head-on. FCS needed a way to measure the effectiveness of our work in meaningful ways.
We have partnered with the South Atlanta Civic League (SACL) in our target neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta. Together, we are working towards a thriving and flourishing community.
We breakdown the components of a flourishing neighborhood as follows:
• Sense of Place
• Effective, Credible Community Leadership
• Neighborhood-focused Faith
• Meaningful Work and Opportunities
• Mixed-Income Housing Opportunities
• Sustainable Built Enviornment (parks and green spaces, road and walk ways)
• Youth, Families, and Education
• Neighborhood Connectivity
To capture useful data about need and areas for growth, FCS has been conducting surveys among neighborhood residents. Our two incredible interns from Georgia Tech, Brandon and Luke, have been interviewing community members covering the range of topics listed above.
Follow-up surveys will be conducted annually to measure the impact of FCS and the SACL’s efforts and development. We are excited for the direction and measurement this survey process will offer as we continue to refine our models and practices for outstanding community development.