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Positive deviance could be used to produce beneficial behavioral change and outcomes

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 7:16 pm

"Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. The Positive Deviance approach enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned."

"Positive deviance has helped to reduce rates of female genital mutilation in Egypt, improved prisons in Denmark, helped the mentally ill in Pittsburgh strengthen social connections and cut infections at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the United States."

URL:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/when-deviants-do-good/#more-140516
http://www.positivedeviance.org/


Categories:
Poverty International Development Workforce Development Community Development Nonprofits Public Health Management

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