Positive Deviance Initiative

Description Positive Deviance is a development approach that is based on the premise that solutions to community problems already exist within the community. The positive deviance approach thus differs from other "needs based" or problem solving approaches in that it does not focus on primarily on the identification of needs and the external inputs necessary to meet those needs or solve those problems. Instead it seeks to identify and optimize those existing community resources and solutions.

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Related Person Jerry Sternin, Director
Contact 150 Harrison Avenue
Room 221
Boston, MA  02111
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Focus: Aid, Development, Poverty

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