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Investing in Place: How nonprofits, foundations, and local government make social investments to affect change in community economic development in Toronto's Neighbourhoods Improvements Areas

Best, Hilary (2014) Investing in Place: How nonprofits, foundations, and local government make social investments to affect change in community economic development in Toronto's Neighbourhoods Improvements Areas. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Best, Hilary
Abstract:

In response to growing economic disparity in the City of Toronto, there has been a shift towards a community economic development approach in Toronto's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, exemplified by the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (2005) and the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020. In addition to the City's efforts, a small community of foundations and nonprofits are also taking this approach. While community economic development has shifted the focus and social investment practices of these organizations, its impact is less clear. In this paper, I explore how nonprofits, foundations, and local government make decisions about how to make social investments to affect change in community economic development in Toronto's Neighbourhoods Improvements Areas (NIAs). On the basis of this analysis, I offer a series of recommendations to enhance decision making processes and evaluate the impact of these social investments on local economies in Toronto's NIAs.

Date: December 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: community economic development, poverty alleviation, neighbourhood, measurement, evaluation, social investment
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 14:52
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 14:52
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/358

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