The previous chapters have focused on developing a critical understanding of urban revitalization theory, history, and policy-making in different contexts. Understanding the successes and challenges of urban revitalization programs in different times and places is important to inform future decision-making. However, it is not enough. We also benefit from studying the unique conditions and specific context where work will take place, and from engaging community members in the planning process. In the next three chapters, we focus on how to build different forms of knowledge and skills necessary to negotiate revitalization planning processes. In chapter 12 we introduce readers to the important data sources and analytical techniques that are useful to understanding various facets of community life and how neighborhoods change over time. This serves as a basis for developing strategic urban revitalization policy goals. Next, in chapter 13, we focus on field methods such as site observation techniques, surveys, and ethnographic methods used to understand neighborhood conditions as well as residents’ perspectives and experiential information about a community. Finally, chapter 14 delves into community participation and engagement techniques for revitalization planning alongside a brief discussion of intergovernmental relations and the institutional context of planning and development.