community capacity research project
mlempa at tulane.edu
Tue Jun 25 11:11:16 PDT 2002
Dear List Serve Members:
Members of a research team at Tulane University School of Public Health and
Tropical Medicine and the Xavier University Deep South Center for Environmental
Justice seek your help on a project to develop measures of community capacity
funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We are currently assessing the reliability and validity of a survey instrument
that will ultimately assist community-based organizations in examining factors
that help and hinder them in achieving their goals. The survey is to be
administered to a national sample of 400 grass roots organizations in order to
assess the properties of the survey - not the capacity of organizations who
complete it. We are seeking groups with diverse constituencies and causes from
various geographic areas across the United States to add to our understanding
of the surveys utility and applicability across a broad range of issues and
We believe that you, as members of this list serve, can be a great resource for
our team in identifying grassroots, community-based organizations from your
area to complete the survey. We are seeking three respondents from each
organization working on a specific initiative. Respondents should be:
-One central leader of the initiative,
- One staff person or volunteer who works closely and regularly on the
- One individual who works or volunteers with the initiative from time to time,
PLEASE NOTE: This survey is not an assessment of the organizations who
complete it. Rather, we are administering the survey for reliability testing
and refinement of the instrument.
What we can offer in return to groups participating is the instrument once it
is tested and results of the reliability testing when they are complete.
If you would be interested in helping identify some candidate organizations in
your area, please contact Michele Lempa, Research Assistant, at
capacity at tulane.edu or (504) 585-7100.
We expect to begin contacting survey respondents in July of this year. Any
help or direction you can provide as soon as possible will be appreciated!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or for additional
Thank you for your consideration.
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