This brief synopsis from Philanthropy News Digest describes an interesting study conducted by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform on the role of community organizing in sustaining long-term educational reform.http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=324300004 One of the challenges of measuring impact is the time frame: short term successes sometimes have little long-term impact. Likewise, it is possible to win the policy battle but, in the absence of long-term implementation, loose the war. This study, which is actually more of a literature review, attempts to look at the enabling environment of successful long-term education reform in terms of community support.
A quote from the Executive Summary: "The research suggests that community organizing for school reform has thepotential to advance equity, create innovative solutions that reflect the interests and experiences of disenfranchised communities, and build the long-term social capital of under-represented communities both to support schools and districts and to hold them accountable for improving achievement."
I'd be interested to know what others think of this study and its findings.