The method - four steps
In the first step, a coalition of social scientists and policy makers
use of data to identify the scope of the problem and the broad
outlines of the approach to be pursued.
In step 2, action shifts to the local level as team members ‘hit the road’, discussing the local data in communities and neighborhoods throughout the country.
Step 3 is local action in multiple sites, informed by the national data but animated by the uniquely different spirit, talents, and imaginations of neighborhoods, towns and regions.
Step 4 is integrative reflection; as local activities are reviewed by participants, process and outcome dimensions of the aggregate activity are explored, and then analyzed with the new round of national data.