Best Practice: Use Existing Social Structures

Local community organizations play an important role in facilitating outreach by extending their local networks and providing an intimate credibility to Project Teams. Government entities can leverage the reach of these community organizations by supplementing their funding, allowing for increased outreach capacity by both Project Teams and the community organizations themselves.


Example: East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

 New York City government representatives asked for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Team to include stakeholders from local groups. The prime contractor, through a request for proposals, subcontracted with several residential and community engagement organizations including the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) and University Settlement.