In trying to achieve a large-scale goal of increasing employment for African American men in the city, our partners in New Orleans have learned important lessons about collaboration, data and leadership.

Last April, five new sites from the southern and western U.S. joined the existing partners in The Integration Initiative (TII). Albuquerque, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle/ King County will apply the principles of collective impact to increase opportunities for low-income people.

Living Cities and our partners learned a lot from the first round of TII – and know we still have room to grow. In the second round, we’ve committed to a developmental evaluation approach. We will be refine what we are doing - and sharing our learning - as we go.

With that in mind, we asked the directors of our new site partners to share what they are learning as a part of TII. We’ve already heard from Albuquerque’s Mayor, Richard Berry, and the site’s Initiative Director, Robin Brule. Today, Angela Tayor shares her reflections on what New Orleans has learned about increasing employment for African American men.

Did what Angela said resonate with you? Share what you are learning about collective impact in the comments below.