Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 30, 2015

The Three Data Challenges of Each Sector 

The private, public and nonprofit sectors each have unique challenges that make collecting and analyzing data hard.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 28, 2015

#BensTake: Change Isn’t the Greatest Political Challenge; Sustaining It Is 

What does it take to sustain change that gets dramatically better results for low-income people? Living Cities CEO reacts to an op-ed by former Bogotá, Colombia Mayor, Antanas Mockus.

Blog Post Dan Duncan on Jul 20, 2015

Results and Accountability in a Complex World 

Effective collective impact requires a focus on results and accountability to create systems change.

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.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 14, 2015

#BensTake: Failure as a Public Good 

Last week, Jim Anderson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Andrea Phillips of Goldman Sachs shared lessons from their investment in a social impact bond to reduce recidivism at Riker’s Island. Ben Hec…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 28, 2015

#BensTake: Early Reflections from Our Work to Co-Create a New Urban Practice to… 

Our CEO shares his big takeaways from our #NewUrbanPractice Summit that brought together leaders, dreamers and doers for an active process of co-design around what it will take to dramatically improv…

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Donating Data Could Be New Philanthropic Frontier 

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 8, 2015

Three #GoodReads on How to Get Dramatically Better Results for Low-Income People 

We work to build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people. Now, we're sharing three different perspectives on what it might take to get there.

Blog Post Elodie Baquerot on May 5, 2015

Three Lessons on How to Accelerate Your Impact by Sharing Knowledge 

The three year evaluation of Living Cities’ signature collective impact initiative provides lessons on how to accelerate impact through knowledge sharing.

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Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Blog Post Junious Williams & Sarah Marxer on Apr 22, 2015

Equity and Collective Impact: Grassroots Organizations and Backbone as a Bridge 

This first installment in a series on equity and collective impact shares insights into how a backbone organization can amplify grassroots efforts to achieve equitable systems change.

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.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson on Apr 2, 2015

Building Upon What Works for a Brighter Future 

To build a new urban practice, community partnerships involved in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network are using a data-driven collective impact approach to ensure every child in their communi…

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra on Apr 1, 2015

4 Ps of Pay for Success: Program 

As we continue our series on the 4 Ps of Pay for Success (PFS), we explore the core outcome of a PFS transaction, whether or not a “Program” can produce and measure impact.

Blog Post Andy Rachlin & Ellen Ward on Mar 25, 2015

The 4 Ps of Pay for Success: Partnership 

Partnerships, one of the 4 Ps of Pay for Success (PFS) are a cornerstone of any PFS transaction. While partnerships have their own complications, we consider four aspects of partnership crucial to PF…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Mar 23, 2015

In a Pickle: How to Strengthen Your Capacity for Collective Impact 

The actual application of the principles of collective impact can be challenging and complex work. To build this capacity, here are a few tips to get the most out of three critical dimensions: proces…

Resource on Dec 15, 2015

Collective Impact Literature Review 

A comprehensive overview of the current topics covered within collective impact literature, and the trends and gaps in the collective impact field.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Andy Rachlin on Mar 18, 2015

From the 4 Cs of Credit to the 4 Ps of Pay for Success 

A new financing mechanism requires a new way of underwriting. Here are the top four things to consider before investing in any Pay for Success Project.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Mar 13, 2015

#GoodReads for Building a New Urban Practice  

A weekly round-up of articles, information and resources on how organizations across sectors are working to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Mar 6, 2015

World Book Day #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

Living Cities' staff mark World Book Day by sharing some of the books that we've been reading as we ask ourselves what it will take to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, faste…

Blog Post Christian Bason on Feb 25, 2015

Evaluating Policy Takes Too Long: Here's What You Can Do About It 

How governments are increasingly leveraging lean and human-centered design approaches to improve complex policies.