APPLY: In community organizing, this model is best used in situations where problems exist within a small community where goals identified are to be accomplished through the use of official, bureaucratic channels and citizen interactions. For example in addressing neighborhood crime, a civic model would first create a forum where neighbors could meet and exchange information about the problem. They would then connect with existing channels of government to create a plan of action.
ADAPT: An example of civic community organizing are neighborhood crime watch groups and neighborhood associations.
Smock, Kristina. (2004). Democracy in action: Community organizing and urban change. New York: Columbia University Press.