Promoting strengths, prevention, empowerment, and community change through organizational development: Lessons for research, theory, and practice

Scotney D. Evans, Ora Prilleltensky, Adrine McKenzie, Isaac Prilleltensky, Debra J Nogueras, Corinne Huggins, Nick Mescia

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SPEC Learning and Changing by Doing is a three-year, action research, and organizational change project designed to ultimately promote social justice and well-being in the community. SPEC is an acronym that stands for Strengths, Prevention, Empowerment, and Community Change. The project consists of five organizations tackling internal organizational change in order to better promote justice and well-being in their respective constituencies. In this article we present a formative evaluation of this multicase study of organizational change in human services. This article contributes to the empirical and theoretical literature on organizational change in the nonprofit human service milieu.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-64
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • community change
  • empowerment
  • organization development
  • prevention
  • promoting strengths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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