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Consider COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, the official journal of the Community Development Society as both a publication venue for your work and a great way of keeping up with the exciting field of community development. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal featuring articles on such diverse topics as rural and urban economic development, housing, entrepreneurship, theory, technology, social capital, leadership, and much more! Articles are written by and for academics and practitioners. For more information on preparing your manuscript, visit the journal’s webpage at: Full instructions are available there, including author guidelines. All manuscripts are submitted via an electronic system at the Scholar One Manuscripts website,

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Call for Abstracts

Using Collective Impact on Community Development Issues

Special Issue of Community Development

(Journal of the Community Development Society)

Guest Editors:

Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University

Liz Weaver, Tamarack, and

Catherine McGuire, Bush Foundation

            The increasing importance of gaining solid commitments by a large group of local actors involved in community decisions has made Collective Impact an important tool in local planning and decision-making processes. This approach is still relatively new (2011) and many practitioners are still studying and/or experimenting with its potential and use. However, a growing body of knowledge is becoming available that will help practitioners implement this approach for effective long-term decisions in their communities.

      Collective Impact is more than a "new technique." It involves a new paradigm and long-term commitments by local leaders that involves several key components: a Common Agenda, Shared Measurement, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication, and a Backbone Organization. While long-term commitments can be difficult to obtain, implementing effective local decisions require them. The Collective Impact approach also differs from an Isolated Impact approach by helping decision-makers and residents understand the interrelatedness of actions and effects resulting from community planning or decisions.

      Seeking to build on advances in community development strategies and more sophisticated measurement approaches we are soliciting abstracts for papers to be published in a special issue of Community Development in late 2015. The intent of this issue is to provide a collection of high quality articles on various aspects of using the Collective Impact approach in local decisions. It takes many years to determine the overall impact or effectiveness of CI on a community but readers can learn about innovative procedures and approaches in conducting a CI process. Given that CI is still in its developmental phases, both scholars and practitioners can make significant contributions to the literature by sharing research and practices from organization, conceptual, and implementation phases.

      Submission of topics and abstracts is open and topics of special interest include, but are not limited to:  

  • Intersection between community development and collective impact;
  • Community engagement strategies in collective impact-bringing the lived experience voice to the table;
  • Using Collective Impact to solve complex community problems;
  • Learning as you go-Developmental Evaluation and Collect Impact;
  • Effective ways of gaining local support for CI activities and results;
  • Innovative ways of organizing and engaging non-traditional partners (business, government, funders, academia, faith communities, etc.;
  • Successful use of the key components of CI listed above:
  • We are all in this together-how the Collective can move to Impact with successful outcomes from early experiences;
  • Innovative uses of shared measurement systems;
  • Ways to build a strong backbone organization and how it has functioned;
  • Types of training used to build capacity to carryout CI programs;
  • Examples of where CI components have been used in conjunction with other approaches;
  • Applications of CI in the international context-Australia, Denmark, UK, New Zealand, and other countries;
  • Other interesting CI applications ...........

      The abstracts should be written for both practitioners and academics and provide generalizable results that can contribute to the body of knowledge on Continuous Impact rather than only reporting a case study. However local experiences can document the findings or test the results. The final papers accepted will be written in a professional style including literature review, documented outcomes, references, and so on. The emphasis should be on how CI was applied, essential ingredients in success, what has been learned from the process, and early outcomes achieved. Selected articles for the special issue are invited from scholars and practitioners with projects underway as well as from the abstracts received from this Call.

      Those interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an abstract, not longer than 500 words outlining the topics addressed, organization and/or methodologies used, and how the paper will contribute to the CI topic to: Norman Walzer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by November 15, 2014.

      When submitting, include COLLECTIVE IMPACT ABSTRACT in the memo subject line. Authors will be notified by December 10, 2014 about invitations to prepare a full paper.

      Final submissions of the papers will be expected by May 15, 2015 using the Community Development standard format requirements and then will be submitted through the usual refereeing process.


Dear CDS Colleagues...

If you are tired of reading trashy novels and mysteries and looking for something more to think about, choose a book from the list attached to read and review.  Your review will be published in the Journal.  Choose several books from the list, then send me a note at my email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your mailing address and the list of books you would like to review.  Send me several choices, in case your first coice has already been assigned.  I'll send you the book and the guidelines for review.  You'll have about eight weeks to complete the review.  And you get to keep the book!

Anne H. Silvis

Book Review Editor, Community Development:  Journal of the Community Development Society

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is pleased to include the CD Cases section in the journal. One to three applied case studies will be presented in each CD Cases offering. The purpose of this section is to provide a venue for publishing peer reviewed case study research that provides useful information for community development researchers and practitioners and insights into applied community development work.

To submit a manuscript for consideration in CD Cases, visit . All manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with American Psychological Style (APA) guidelines and to specifications listed on the website. Note that manuscripts must not be longer than 25 pages, double-spaced.

A case study involves in-depth research and understanding on a given or chosen subject matter. A typical manuscript would include these components: introduction, literature review, methodology, study, analysis, conclusions and recommendations, and references. The journal does not accept manuscripts that are purely descriptive – the research must be generalizable and provide relevant insight/implications/findings for the field of community development. The case study methodology must be fully explained and supporting literature must be presented. The journal does not usually accept economic impact studies unless new methodologies are utilized.  Note that all manuscripts for CD Cases will be peer reviewed.


Information on the Reviewing Process and Scheduling

The timeframe for the reviewing process can take up to six months, or longer. Once the manuscript is submitted, it is processed internally and an initial decision is made whether or not to place in the review process. If accepted for review, then reviewers are identified who have expertise and interest in the topic of the manuscript. The process of identifying and securing an affirmative response from potential reviewers can take several weeks or longer. Once the reviewer has agreed, they have 30 days to submit. Sometimes, a reviewer will agree and find they do not have time to submit the review; in this case, we have to identify and find a new reviewer and this may result in some delay. Once all reviews are returned, the editor assesses them and makes the final decision. Therefore, a decision cannot be returned within 30 days to you. We strive for an efficient process, but do allow us time to complete a thorough and comprehensive review of your manuscript. If your manuscript requires revision, you will have up to six months to resubmit online or the system will time it out. It does not always take this long, unless major revisions or a review resubmission is required. After the final manuscript is received, it will be sent to production and assignment to an issue. You will receive a proof copy a month or so before printing date. Prior to print date, most articles will be available via the iFirst system, an online manuscript access system that allows use earlier than usual.


Abstracts - Volume 33, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 34, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 35, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 36, No 1 & 2

Abstracts - Volume 37, No 1, 2, 3 & 4

Abstracts - Volume 38, No 1

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CDS Journal Editorial Board

John J. Green, University of Mississippi, USA

Editorial Assistant
Elizabeth Young Sweeney, 
University of Mississippi, USA

Cases Editor

Mark A. Brennan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Book Review Editor
Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois, USA

Book Series Editors
Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, USA

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA

Editorial Assistants
Molly Phillips, University of Mississippi, USA
Mary Margaret Saulters, University of Missouri, USA
Amy Greer, University of Mississippi, USA
Lynn C. Woo, University of Mississippi, USA

Editorial Board
Alan W. Barton, Ashford University, USA
Robert Boyer, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
Caitlin Cahill, Pratt Institute, USA
James R. Calvin, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Timothy Collins, Western Illinois University, USA
Gary Craig, Durham University, UK
Brian Christens, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mary R. Domahidy, St. Louis University, USA
Mary Emery, South Dakota State University USA
Jan Flora, Iowa State University, USA
Tony Gauvin, University of Maine at Fort Kent, USA
Gary A. Goreham, North Dakota State University, USA
Gisele Hamm, Western Illinois University, USA
Stephen C. Jeanetta, University of Missouri, USA
Katie Kerstetter, George Mason University, USA
Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA
Wilson Majee, University of Missouri, USA
Diane K. McLaughlin, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Douglas D. Perkins, Vanderbilt University, USA
Rhonda Phillips, Arizona State University, USA
Keith Popple, London South Bank University, UK
Katie Richards-Schuster, University of Michigan, USA
Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University, USA

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