Our Work Data and Collective Impact 

Without continuously tracking and managing the results of ongoing work, it is highly unlikely that a collective impact initiative, or any large-scale change initiative, can achieve its goals. Collective impact initiatives need to use data to help manage progress towards achieving a [[definition “shared result” “A collectively and clearly defined result or goal that all partner...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, May 18, 2016 Using Data for Collective Impact Step One: Agree on the Data 

Without continuously tracking and managing progress with data, it is highly unlikely that a collective impact initiative, or any large-scale change initiative, can achieve its goals. That’s why we launched our Data and Collective Impact series to help leaders better use data to achieve a [[definition “shared result” “A collectively and clearly defined result or goal that all p...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, Sep 1, 2016 Using Data for Collective Impact Step Five: Change Behavior and Share Responsibility 

We’ve launched our Data and Collective Impact series to help leaders better use data to achieve a shared result. The series outlines the five steps to using data for collective impact we’ve seen in our work. This post digs deeper on the fifth: Change Behavior and Share Responsibility. In this post, you’ll find stories to illustrate lessons learned on using data, as well as free resources to hel...

Blog Post by Brittany Ramos DeBarros & Juan Sebastian Arias, Nov 27, 2014 7 #GoodReads for People Applying the Principles of Collective Impact 

With all the buzz around Collective Impact, there are plenty of articles, blogs and resources being produced that offer insights and perspectives on how to effectively implement the complex approach. With the input of our Collective Impact team, we’ve put together this list of recommended articles and resources for practitioners who are applying the principles of collective impact to drive ...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, May 4, 2016 What Does it Take to Use Data to Change Behavior in Collective Impact? 

Without continuously tracking and managing progress with data, it is highly unlikely that a collective impact initiative, or any large-scale change initiative, can achieve its goals. Collective impact initiatives need to use data to help manage progress towards achieving a [[definition “shared result” “A collectively and clearly defined result or goal that all partners in a co...

Blog Post by JaNay Queen Nazaire, Mar 15, 2016 Applying a Racial Equity and Inclusion Lens to Collective Impact 

Collective Impact is a journey toward changing systems that impacts the lives of entire populations. If we don’t address racial equity and inclusion in collective impact, then we are not going to improve systems nor will we get dramatically better results for people. For far too long, systems’ leaders have taken a universal look at problems and have applied universal solutions without consider...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong & Laura Ravinder , Apr 19, 2016 Four Ways Open-Sourcing Social Change Strengthened Community Engagement in Collective Impact 

Our CEO, Ben Hecht, frequently talks about “knowledge as a social good.” This idea is baked into the core of Living Cities operations—we believe that it is our obligation to share what we are learning with our partners in the field. If we hold everything we’ve learned close to the chest, we doom others to repeat the same mistakes we’ve made. By continuously sharing out what we’ve seen from our ...

Resource May 20, 2015 The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact: An E-Course 

The recent surge of interest and resources around collective impact principles has highlighted an important concern and challenge for many practitioners: Where does the community fit in? Living Cities constructed this e-course to equip those involved in collective impact initiatives with tools for including and working with community members. Our free e-course walks participants through five m...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, Jul 27, 2016 Using Data for Collective Impact Step Four: Discuss the Data 

We’ve launched our Data and Collective Impact series to help leaders better use data to achieve a shared result. The series outlines the five steps to using data for collective impact we’ve seen in our work. This post digs deeper on the fourth: Discuss the Data. In this and subsequent posts, you’ll find stories to illustrate lessons learned on using data, as well as free resources to help you i...

Blog Post by Ronda Jackson, Jul 29, 2014 A Mayor’s View: The Effect of Collective Impact Initiatives on City Hall 

In our journey to explore and learn more about the role of municipal government in collective impact initiatives we had a wonderful opportunity at our most recent Integration Initiative Learning Community convening to interview former three-term Mayor of Minneapolis, MN, R.T. Rybak, who is now a part-time Senior Advisor to Living Cities. As mayor, R.T. participated in several collective impact ...

Blog Post by Demetric Duckett & Shanee Helfer, Apr 25, 2019 Centering Community in Collective Impact 

Through our place-based work over the last 10 years, Living Cities has been testing and building on the 5 pillars of the Collective Impact approach, as defined by FSG in 2010. Through our external work in places and internal racial equity journey, we have come to understand the critical role of community in changing systems and achieving population level change—a fundamental element missing in ...

Blog Post by Dan Duncan, Apr 20, 2015 The Four Key Components for Effective Collective Impact: Part I  

Effective Collective Impact As more and more collective impact initiatives are launched many participants are realizing that effective collective impact will not simply occur through better coordination of services by one organization or even a multitude of organizations. It requires a “sea change" in our thinking, and the development of community led strategies focused on achieving real c...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, Jul 13, 2016 Using Data for Collective Impact Step Three: Present the Data 

We’ve launched our Data and Collective Impact series to help leaders better use data to achieve a shared result. The series outlines the five steps to using data for collective impact we’ve seen in our work. The first step was Agree on the Data, the second was Find the Data and this post digs deeper on the third: Present the Data. In this and subsequent posts, you’ll find stories to illustrate ...

Blog Post by Junious Williams & Sarah Marxer , Apr 22, 2015 Equity and Collective Impact: Grassroots Organizations and Backbone as a Bridge 

In Oakland, CA, one of the most racially diverse cities in the U.S., too many boys and young men of color face life-threatening challenges on the path to adulthood. In the city’s African American, Latino, Native-Indigenous, Southeast Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander communities, neighborhood-based organizations have shown great creativity and determination in reaching young men and supporting t...

Blog Post by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Sep 24, 2015 The Collective Impact Funders' Manifesto  

Most of my days are spent being what I call a “critical friend” to the leaders in Living Cities’ portfolio of over 70 collective impact initiatives. I work with those leaders to support them in achieving their set outcomes, but I also push them to consider how they can create systems changes that endure long after their work is complete. The relationship is certainly one of friendship, but can ...

Blog Post by Eileen Neely, Dec 4, 2014 Is Pay for Success Collective Impact? 

As discussions about Pay For Success and Collective Impact take place at The White House today, we’re looking back at question that Eileen Neely, Director of Capital Innovation at Living Cities, posed earlier this year: ‘Is Pay For Success Collective Impact?’ This Throwback Thursday post originally appeared on May 6, 2014. When I joined Living Cities almost a year and a half ...

Blog Post by Juan Sebastian Arias & Katy Silliman, Oct 2, 2014 Announcing the Launch of a Collective Impact Workforce Initiative 

To help address our country’s stubborn income inequality, we need to better equip residents with the education and skills needed to access quality jobs and partake in the local economy. By most measures, we can be doing a better job: 43% of our nation’s job openings require a Bachelor’s degree or more, yet only 30% of Americans have those credentials. And among Latinos – the country’s fastest...

Blog Post by Jeff Raderstrong, Mar 9, 2015 The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact: An E-Course 

The recent surge of interest and resources around collective impact principles has highlighted an important concern and challenge for many practitioners: Where does the community fit in? Living Cities has constructed an e-learning course to equip those involved in collective impact initiatives with tools for including and working with community members. The free e-course walks participants thr...

Blog Post by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Apr 3, 2014 The Power Behind Collective Impact 

Many of you know that I recently started as the Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. When I share I’m doing this in addition to running my business, people often ask why. I do not see myself as an evangelist or advocate for Collective Impact. It is a tool that I and many others have wielded for quite some time, even before it had a popular name. But as I have applied the principles...

Blog Post by Nancy Zimpher, Nov 30, 2016 The State University of New York: Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact 

It probably doesn’t come as news to anyone reading this that our country is facing a shortage of adults prepared to fill the medium- and high-skill jobs that support a healthy economy and a strong middle class. To take New York State as an example, right now about 46 percent of adult New Yorkers have a college degree, but we are fast climbing to the point where about 70 percent of jobs in the ...

Blog Post by Ayana Crichton & Annette Bourne, Jun 6, 2019 Building OneCranston through Collective Impact 

Uniting for OneCranston Cranston, Rhode Island—like many of America’s cities, suburban towns and rural communities—is a place where the historical influences of systemic racism continue to live under the cover of good intentions. As deeply involved partners in the community, we set out to learn about the City’s history and how we got to today’s inequities. One of us, Ayana, is the Initiative Di...

Blog Post by Kate Hanisian, Jul 8, 2015 Design Thinking in Collective Impact  

In the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, well paying, salaried jobs in advanced manufacturing remain unfilled. At the same time, thousands of families struggle with poverty, with one in every three individuals living below the federal poverty line. Research shows that when we connect mothers experiencing poverty to well paying career pathways, the ripple effect can extend beyond th...

Resource by Brittany Ramos DeBarros & Kseniya Benderskaya, Apr 29, 2016 Tips and Tools for Hiring Collective Impact Initiative Directors 

Hiring the right person to lead a collective impact initiative can be a confusing process for many reasons. Sometimes multiple partners come together to make the selection and sometimes someone is appointed that has already been spearheading the work in its infancy. Either way, the job is inevitably a very unique one that requires a breadth of tangible and intangible skills and competencies. In...

Our Work Collective Impact 

Every year we spend billions of dollars to address complex challenges, such as education, workforce development, and mobility. However, we fail to achieve the desired results, whereby, the work we are doing on the ground isn’t adding up to the impact we want to see in our community Most solutions have historically focused on applying programmatic fixes to the symptoms of these failing systems,...

Our Work Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact  

LEARN MORE FROM JUST CHANGE [[related 1055]] Just Change is a collection of stories and case studies to evolve the way we think about and approach systemic causes of inequities facing low-income communities, particularly communities of color. The book successfully addresses: Cross-sector collaboration as a requirement for sustainable social change; Moving away from siloed programs with singl...

Resource by Jeff Raderstrong & Jennifer Perkins , Nov 10, 2015 Four Components of a Shared Result that Creates Enduring Change 

Living Cities believes that collective impact presents one of the most promising models for achieving dramatically better results for communities, faster. The presence of a [[definition “shared result” “A collectively and clearly defined result or goal that all partners in a collective impact initiative agree to hold themselves accountable to achieving.”]] is part of wha...

Resource by Laura Ravinder , Apr 19, 2016 Community Engagement E-Course: Participant Surveys Analysis 

The following is an analysis of the data collected from the community engagement e-course surveys for Living Cities in Spring 2015. Living Cities had more than 2,700 individuals sign-up for the e-course. This resources provides a deeper look at each survey and response count. Living Cities constructed this e-course to equip those involved in collective impact initiatives with tools for inclu...

About Us Who We Are 

Together, we are working with cross-sector leaders in cities to develop and scale new approaches geared at achieving dramatically better results for low-income people. Our investments, research, networks and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, comprehensive, local approaches with real-time sharing of knowledge to accelerate and deepen adoption in more places. ...

Person Capital Impact Partners Bradford Frost 

Bradford Frost is Director of the Detroit Program at Capital Impact Partners, an inclusive growth initiative in Detroit with support from The Kresge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and a strategic mix of Detroit’s revitalization stakeholders. During his tenure with Capital Impact Partners, Bradford has led the launch of the CDFI’s third national office and first integrated pla...

Person LA-Más Helen Leung 

Helen is working to redefine the intersection of community development and social equity, with a focus in minimizing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. A native Angelino and urban planner, Helen has extensive community-based experience working for former Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti. Recently, Helen managed transit-oriented development and asset build portfolios at Living...

Resource Nov 10, 2015 Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment 

Living Cities developed the free Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment to help those engaged in cross-sector partnerships, particularly collective impact partnerships, understand how to best work with stakeholders to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people in cities. [[big-button “Take The Assessment” “https://surveyanyplace.com/s/lc-cross-sector?utm_source=lc...

About Us Careers 

Founded in 1991, we harness the collective power of our member institutions to build a new type of urban practice. Together, we are working with cross-sector leaders in cities to develop and scale new approaches to dramatically improve the economic well-being of low-income people. Our investments, research, networks and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, comp...

Our Work Racial Equity and Inclusion 

Values and Culture Norms We are an organization that is working to close the racial income and wealth gaps in America’s cities. Racism is at the root of so many of the problems we are trying to solve, so addressing racism must be squarely at the center of how we work. In this, one of our greatest assets is our diverse staff who are committed to learning about and working towards undoing structu...

Our Work Neighborhood Stabilization 

In addition to our core portfolio of work, we work to be a platform for our member institutions to come together to be responsive to a rapidly changing environment–From Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, to finding promising approaches to address the realities of the foreclosure crisis in 2007. And, an ambitious research and development agenda has created space for Living Cities staff and ...

Person Tumml May Samali  

May Samali is Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. May is responsible for running the accelerator program and working closely with the organization’s portfolio companies. Prior to Tumml, May worked as a strategy consultant at a boutique advisory and venture firm, and as Deputy CEO at the world’s large...

Person Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council Yonah Freemark 

Yonah joined MPC as an associate in 2013 and became a project manager in 2014. He co-managed the Corridor Development Initiatives MPC undertook in Chicago’s Uptown and Logan Square communities. He led MPC’s research on the Illiana Expressway and the existing conditions of the public transportation network in Northeastern Illinois, in association with the state’s 2013 Transit T...

Person National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Kathryn Pettit 

Kathryn Pettit directs the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a network of three dozen local organizations that collect, organize, and use neighborhood data to inform local advocacy and decisionmaking. She frequently presents the model and accomplishments of the network and local partners. She has produced two books on the role of data in community change: Strengthening Communities f...