The important niche that the Community Development Society holds for the field is bringing together scholars and practitioners. Conferences and publications make that happen and CD Practice is where thoughtful practitioners can shine.
Why should practitioners share their tools in a scholarly publication? The answers to that question are more practical than you might think:
- Sharing the tools and strategies you use in a peer-reviewed publication provides an external opinion that your organization or program has merit. Funders and collaborators will appreciate that endorsement.
- The process of writing an article can help you think through your purpose and process in a way you never thought of it before. This can ultimately improve your product, or at least the way you describe it to others. One practitioner said it well, “I’ve never been forced to put a lens like this to what we do. And we’ve been doing it for years.”
- Ever thought of forming a tighter relationship with your local university? Creating scholarship from your practice can engage students, capstone courses or professors in your work. Again, that affiliation with your university can bring contacts and credibility with some new audiences.
- Moreover, CD Practice is a chance for you to influence scholars; to recommend that research questions be addressed.
- And, of course, published articles are great networking tools. They are an easy way to share your wealth of knowledge with practitioners and scholars alike across the country and the world.
Curious about how to get started with your submission to CD Practice? Visit our website or call Joyce Hoelting at 612-625-8233.
By Joyce Hoelting
Edited by Cindy Banyai