CSBDF offices are currently closed to the public to comply with NC's reopening guidelines. All staff are available by email and phone.

Research Publications > Conferences and Symposiums > Social Capital and COVID-19 Recovery


Much like the 2008 financial crisis, the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely shape historically underserved communities for decades to come. Now, more than perhaps ever before, community development organizations (CDOs) will be central actors and foundational institutions for sustainable economic growth. Our data suggest social capital is important for CDO capacity across multiple dimensions. Given the central role CDOs will likely play in rebuilding local economies in the wake of the pandemic, we highlight how these organizations can use social capital to maintain and build political, resource, network, and organizational capacity.

Why This Matters

Though community organizations are vital to the economic wellbeing of underserved and distressed communities, they suffer from chronic and enduring capacity constraints. During the pandemic and throughout its aftermath, these capacity issues are even more severe. There is a need for innovative approaches to raise community development capacity, and our data show how social capital is an important component of their short and long-term pandemic recovery.

Suggested Citation

Williams, Teshanee, McCall, Jamie, Berner, Maureen, and Anita Brown-Graham.  2020. “Strategic Capacity Building in Community Development Organizations Post COVID-19: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Social Capital.” Poster presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Virtual Conference, 11 November 2020. https://doi.org/10.46712/social-capital-covid19-recovery/.


Abstract/OverviewPresentation Poster


Research Program

Our work is shaped by evidence-based and apolitical research highlighting why small businesses are the foundation of economic development.

View Publications

Holistic Evaluation

Rigorous program evaluation can transform community economic development. We're proud to make all of our program and data assessments publicly available.

Find out More