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The Equipt Report: Becoming a High-Performing City, A Benchmark Study 2017 

The Equipt Report is a comprehensive overview of our survey findings and a discussion of how cities fared across the seven elements of the Equipt to Innovate framework.

Resource on Jul 14, 2017

Voicing Race: Racial Equity Here [PODCAST] 

In the second episode of our Voicing Race podcast, Living Cities speaks with mayors and city staff participating in the Racial Equity Here initiative, on their efforts to combat structural and institutional racism.

Resource on May 12, 2017

Hiring in the Social Sector: Tips for Job Seekers and Organizations 

Resource on Feb 14, 2017

Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2015-2016 

This report covers activities in the eighth year of operations for the Living Cities Catalyst Fund.

Resource on Feb 14, 2017

Blended Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 

This report covers the Blended Catalyst Fund activities for the period from first closing on December 15, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Resource on Jan 4, 2017

Voicing Race: Storytelling in Traditional Media [PODCAST] 

Listen to our inaugural podcast, Voicing Race, in which we speak to journalists Tanzina Vega of CNN and Barrett Pitner of the Guardian and the Daily Beast about race in the media.

Resource on Jan 4, 2017

Beyond Grantmaking: Living Cities’ Effort to Inform and Influence the Broader Field 

A report evaluating Living Cities' influence in the broader field.

Our Work

Public Sector Innovation 

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We work with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative and data-driven local governments.

Resource on Dec 22, 2016

Just Change Tools 

Explore the stories and lessons learned from Just Change with these additional tools and resources.

Resource on Nov 2, 2016

Lessons From the Field for and by Civic Innovation Teams 

Key insights from the first cohort of City Accelerator.

Resource on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: Living Cities' Initial Screening Criteria 

The Initial Screening Criteria infographic provides an overview of how Living Cities decides which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in. The criteria is listed in a check-box format for the use of our networks and partners.

Resource on Sep 27, 2016

Closing the Gaps: Full Compendium of Essays 

This Compendium of essays, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, highlights ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial opportunity gaps

Resource on Aug 31, 2016

Sample Action Plan 

This sample action plan can be adapted to help your collective impact initiative execute on specific projects and next steps.

Resource on Jul 27, 2016

Sample: Data Meeting Agenda 

This sample agenda can be adapted to help your collective impact initiative have regular periodic check-ins about your on-going data collection and analysis.

Past Work

Gulf Coast Initiative 

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Living Cities and our member institutions invested together in the Gulf Coast, where the magnitude of the post-Katrina challenge was unprecedented and the groups and organizations requiring help were exceptionally burdened.

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Summit on Government Performance & Innovation 

Resource on Jul 27, 2016

Factor Analysis from StriveTogether 

This resource gives you a template to complete a factor analysis of your collective impact work.

Resource on Jun 29, 2016

Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

Living Cities developed the Collective Impact Elements dashboard as a tool to capture progress and prioritize resources based on where site partners are in their work.

Resource on Jun 15, 2016

Equipt to Innovate Field Guide 

What elements make innovation possible in a city? The Equipt to Innovate Field Guide offers practical insights around what makes a city high performing.

Resource on Jun 8, 2016

Pay for Success in the U.S. 

This chart presents parties, financing, evaluation, time-frame and expected impact for Pay for Success transactions that have been implemented in the United States so far.

Past Work

Foreclosure Mitigation 

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In 2008, responding to the impact of concentrated foreclosures on urban neighborhoods, and in the absence of promising large-scale solutions, Living Cities launched an initiative to catalyze, test and learn from 10 local pilot initiatives to reclaim…

Resource on May 18, 2016

Data Inventory 

This Data Inventory will help you identify which metrics and measures you need to determine if you are achieving your goals and continuously improving.

Resource on May 18, 2016

Data-Driven Feedback Loop Examples 

This resource provides a series of templates/options for developing data-driven feedback loops that are proven to help you change behavior and create collective impact.

Resource on Apr 29, 2016

Tips and Tools for Hiring Collective Impact Initiative Directors 

Hiring for the unique job of leading a collective impact initiative can be complicated. These tips and lessons learned from current initiative directors can help!

Resource on Apr 19, 2016

Community Engagement E-Course: Participant Surveys Analysis 

This e-course analysis highlights process learnings of creating and implementing Living Cities’ inaugural collective impact e-course and synthesizes feedback and behavior changes of participants through survey data.

Resource on Mar 30, 2016

Video Case Study: Chelsea Thrives Initiative Seeks to Tackle Public Safety 

PayforSuccess.Org

Pay for Success U.S. Activity Map