June 1, 2020
Understanding & Measuring Power
Detroiter's Journey: Analysis of Detroit Action's Outreach
In this paper, we examine Detroit Action’s theory of change and the mechanics of its canvassing operation. We relate the research insights to their mission, programs, projects, and driving ideals and philosophy of change.
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Topos, Detroit Action

Detroit Action enlisted the Topos Partnership to study their canvass operation using anthropological methods:

  • observing and describing how the canvass actually works on the ground,
  • gauging how well interactions in the field reflect DA’s mission and values,
  • analyzing narratives—what works, what’s missing, what can be improved upon, and
  • suggesting changes and improvements to the canvass and the efforts to organize and build power.

See conclusions in the document.

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