A university-community partnership to change public policy: Pre-conditions and processes

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This paper describes a project aimed at promoting major change in government policy toward the growing problem of food insecurity in Israel. The project was initiated by Ben-Gurion University in collaboration with community service and social advocacy organizations. This joint action led to a dramatic change in government activity. The problem of food insecurity moved from a state of obfuscation to the establishment of a special ministerial committee mandated to develop policy guidelines for a national school lunch program. For higher education to contribute to the community, necessary preconditions must exist: Is the faculty committed to promotion of social change? Do the organizational and community environments legitimize university-sponsored activity for such purposes? Is the faculty competent to act effectively in the community and adopt strategies for political influence? Are there organizational mechanisms, action frameworks, and community contacts that enable collaboration for the purposes of social change? This case discussion uses the analytical framework developed by Taylor (1985) to evaluate the preconditions for action and the processes involved in facilitating university-community collaboration for promoting policy change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004


  • Community organizing
  • Food security
  • Hunger
  • Public policy
  • Social change
  • University-community partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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