Fostering Community Participation to Influence Public Policy: Lessons from the Woods Fund of Chicago, 1987-1993

@article{McKersie1997FosteringCP,
  title={Fostering Community Participation to Influence Public Policy: Lessons from the Woods Fund of Chicago, 1987-1993},
  author={William S. McKersie},
  journal={Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly},
  year={1997},
  volume={26},
  pages={11 - 26}
}
This article examines how local public policy may be influenced by small foundations. Written as a policy analysis, it focuses on one case study: the work of the Woods Fund of Chicago in the Chicago school reform movement from 1987 to 1993. This is an ongoing reform movement rooted in a path-breaking, 1988 state law that decentralized the governance of Chicago's public schools. Woods played a special role in bolstering the movement's central tenet: parent and community empowerment. Woods alone… 
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