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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
How governments are increasingly leveraging lean and human-centered design approaches to improve complex policies.
Living Cities' staff is constantly scanning the media and field for ideas, insights, and information that are relevant to our work, and the work of our problem solving network. Here are a few article…
Urban-Technologist-in-Residence, Nigel Jacob, suggests that local governments use Lean (or Agile) methodologies to create services that their residents actually want to use.
Our Assistant Director of Strategic Communications and Storytelling introduces our work to measure what works and what doesn't in terms of Open Sourcing Social Change.
To see dramatically better results for low-income people, we need to put equity at the heart of our strategies for economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity. Democratizing equity data is one st…
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An interview with Wells Fargo's Laura McCluskey on customer experience and how it ties to community engagement.
“Collective Impact” is more than just a buzzword. Four core components make Collective Impact a powerful tool for transforming systems in service of improving the lives of low-income people.
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Director of Collective Impact, shares an overview of the three "flavors of feedback" needed to do Collective Impact.
In order to catalyze lasting, transformative change in cities, it's important to focus on the right results, data and systems changes.
Twice a year, Living Cities and Harvard's Ash Center convene the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group. Read on for a synopsis of highlights from the September 2014 convening.
This Throwback Thursday, as we think about how our approach to evaluation and systems change has evolved in the last year, we're looking back at three critical questions that can be helpful for any o…
We are experimenting with and working to advance shared learning and the co-creation of solutions across the social sector. Here are three examples of our work.
The developmental approach to evaluation is designed for emergent strategies and models rather than ones that are fully “baked”.
Living Cities designed the new ‘discussion’ feature on our website as a first step in the process of creating a shared language for lasting, transformative change.
We spoke with Nancy Andrews at the Low Income Investment Fund about their new Social Impact Calculator and the move to open-source their methodology for greater social impact.
The pace of social change is simply too slow; the scale, too small. In 2010, Living Cities created the Integration Initiative (TII) to try to change that. Now, in 2014, we're expanding the Initiative…
Pay for Success opens up exciting possibilities in terms of investing in people and in promising solutions to our nation’s most wicked problems, says Eileen Neely.
Collective impact is at a strategic inflection point. To realize its promise, we need to define in concrete terms what “quality collective impact” really means.