Community Strategic Visioning as a Method to Address Poverty: An Analysis from Select Rural Montana Communities
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Community strategic visioning is a citizen-based planning process in which diverse sectors of a community collectively determine a future state and coordinate a plan of action. Twenty-one communities in rural Montana participated in a multi-phase poverty reduction program that culminated in a community strategic vision process. Research on this process was guided by alternative definitions of poverty and place attachment literature. Results from the qualitative survey data show many descriptions of poverty outside of traditional economic definitions and illustrations on the significance of place. Implications and recommendations on the use of visioning in other contexts in Extension are discussed.
Lachapelle, P.R., E. Austin, and D. Clark. 2010. Community strategic visioning as a method to address poverty: An analysis from select rural Montana communities. Journal of Extension. [On-line], 48(1) Article 1FEA1. Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2010february/a1.php