Urban and Community Development

Community development is necessary for any policy analyst to know. By being able to assess a communities assets and resources, an analyst will be able to take the key leadership role by creating a community coalition to help implement new polices or community programs. Since the core of public service is to serve the public good, an analyst needs to be equipped to objective view a community and become an advocate for positive change in the neighborhood. Although I have lived in my community for many years, it wasn’t until I completed a thorough analysis that I really began to understand my community. This has led me to be more engaged with local issues, especially issues focusing on community changes around Wrigley Field and the rising crime rates. By using this type of analysis we can become more engaged when creating policy analyses, which is a great benefit as we then become invested in the outcome of our research and the effect on the community.