A weekly roundup of articles and information you won't want to miss.

In this first week of 2015, there’s been national dialog around issues from free community college to the 2024 Olympic bid. And, encouragingly, many of the conversations look critically at how new developments might affect low-income people in America’s cities. Our staff followed this week’s news with an eye towards sharing lessons learned and best practices. Now, see their recommendations for the stories you won’t want to miss!

Racial Equity and Inclusion

Detroit’s Growth Must be Inclusive — Brad Frost, Detroit News

The initiative director for The Integration Initiative’s Detroit partner calls for “inclusive growth” in Detroit that focuses on decreasing racial disparities. He writes: “Any holistic review of Detroit’s revitalization efforts in 2015 and beyond that somehow seeks to improve the city without bridging Detroit’s alarming race and equity chasm is a colossal waste of our precious time.”

Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, The Integration Initiative


Say it Loud: Inequality is Bad For Everyone — Sarah Treuhaft, Rooflines Blog, Shelterforce

Economists think that in order to build more inclusive communities, policies to increase equity and inclusion are not only the better moral choice—they are necessary to bring about growth that is robust, sustained and shared.

Recommended by Tonya Banks, Senior Administrative Associate, Capital Innovation


4 Common Myths About Affordable Housing, Debunked — coUrbanize

CoUrbanize analyzed housing data to remove the shroud around some of the more confusing points in affordable housing.

Recommended by Brian Nagendra, Senior Investment Associate, Capital Innovation

Big Data

The Data Gap — Tod Newcombe, Governing

According to the World Bank, “poverty is pronounced deprivation of well-being and to begin addressing poverty and thinking systematically about how the position of poor people may be improved.” The article addresses the “data-gap” between the rich and poor, and offers four reasons to measure poverty.

Recommended by Tonya Banks, Senior Administrative Associate, Capital Innovation

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Collaboration-Palooza — Alex Neuhoff & Katie Smith Milway, Stanford Social Innovation Review

In a new study, the Bridgespan Group notes that “collaborations are at the heart of the Collective Impact movement and key to strengthening all types of organizations' ability to scale results. Yet little is known about how much collaboration is actually taking place, in what forms, and to what end.” In this article, the authors analyze the report’s findings and look across the collaboration landscape to identify key challenges nonprofits must face to realize the promise of collaboration.

My Recommendation!