Book News: October 22nd, 2003

By D Burns and M TaylorThis handbook emerged from research on community involvement in the City Challenge and Single Regeneration Budget partnerships. An introductory section explains the principles and processes behind the audit tool, which addresses four key questions: (i) what to measure? (ii) how to measure? (iii) what the measures offer? (iv) who should perform the audit? The tool is presented as a series of tables grouped into five categories. There are 14 questions developed across the five categories, and for each question there is a tool or appraisal exercise.

Three main types of tool offer baseline mapping exercises, checklists and scales. All the tables and exercises can be used to enable detailed comparisons between different groups involved in the audit, eg comparisons between local councillors’ views about barriers to participation may be compared with those of people from different local communities. Although this audit tool was designed for regeneration partnerships, it could be used for other initiatives that require public bodies to engage with communities.

Published by the Policy Press for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation  ISBN 1-86134-271-3. 13.95. pounds. Available from Marston Book Services Ltd. Tel: 01235 465500