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…

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.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Feb 20, 2015

The Importance of Making Meaning of Social Change Data: And Other #GoodReads fr… 

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…

Blog Post Nigel Jacob on Feb 19, 2015

Making City Hall Leaner 

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.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Feb 12, 2015

Measuring Storytelling for Social Change: What’s the Special Sauce? 

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.

Blog Post Sarah Treuhaft on Feb 9, 2015

Leverage Equity Data for Inclusive Growth  

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…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Dec 5, 2014

The Dawn of System Leadership: And Other #GoodReads Recommended by Living Citie… 

A weekly roundup of articles and information that you won't want to miss!

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Laura McCluskey on Dec 3, 2014

How to Build Solutions that Authentically Engage Communities 

An interview with Wells Fargo's Laura McCluskey on customer experience and how it ties to community engagement.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Dec 1, 2014

What Makes Collective Impact a Powerful tool for Systems Change? 

“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.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 13, 2014

3 Fabulous Flavors of Feedback Culture 

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Director of Collective Impact, shares an overview of the three "flavors of feedback" needed to do Collective Impact.

Blog Post Patrick McCarthy on Nov 6, 2014

Three Lessons for Transforming Cities 

In order to catalyze lasting, transformative change in cities, it's important to focus on the right results, data and systems changes.

Blog Post Ronda Jackson & Tiffany Ferguson on Nov 4, 2014

Ensuring Growth and Equity in America’s Cities  

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.

Blog Post Alison Gold on Oct 30, 2014

Developmental Evaluation: 3 Questions to Consider Before Your Organization Take… 

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…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Oct 30, 2014

Can Social Change Communications Support Shared Learning and Collaboration? 

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.

Blog Post Kathy Brennan on Oct 23, 2014

A Unique Opportunity: Developmental Evaluation at Living Cities 

The developmental approach to evaluation is designed for emergent strategies and models rather than ones that are fully “baked”.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 22, 2014

Building a Shared Language for Systems Change 

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.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Nancy Andrews on Sep 30, 2014

New Tool Can Quantify Your Social Impact 

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.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 11, 2014

Announcing the Next Round of Living Cities Integration Initiative 

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…

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Sep 10, 2014

The Real Promise of Pay for Success: It’s About People 

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.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson & Ben Hecht on Sep 9, 2014

Defining Quality Collective Impact 

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.