Blog Post Julie Bosland on Jun 13, 2019

Lessons Learned from Regional Inclusive Economic Growth 

We talked to Living Cities members, partners and practitioners in the field to gather the critical lessons learned from past regional efforts in the US.

Blog Post Ayana Crichton on Jun 13, 2019

Reflections on Leading Racial Equity Work in Collective Impact 

Blog Post Ayana Crichton & Annette Bourne on Jun 6, 2019

Building OneCranston through Collective Impact 

As a Working Cities Challenge participant, Cranston, Rhode Island is working to undo the city's longstanding racial divides. Two partners in the work reflect on efforts to build unity through collect…

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on May 10, 2019

A Different Philanthropic Approach: Seeding Hope in Regional Inclusive Growth 

Blog Post Robin Brule & Shanee Helfer on May 8, 2019

Navigating Collective Impact through a Mayoral Transition 

Lessons and resources from Albuquerque around sustaining cross-sector work through a mayoral transition.

Blog Post Colleen Dawicki on Apr 26, 2019

Stepping Up and Stepping Back: Features of Effective Backbone Organizations 

Lessons learned about backbones from 4 years of the Working Cities Challenge.

Blog Post Demetric Duckett & Shanee Helfer on Apr 25, 2019

Centering Community in Collective Impact 

Through a decade of place-based work, we've gathered these tools and lessons for bringing community voice into the collective impact model. How can these apply to your own work?

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Crystal Li on Mar 22, 2019

Getting Real About Results 

How can we fix the disconnect between our investment and the impact we hope to achieve?

Blog Post Michelle Melendez on Feb 26, 2019

How Albuquerque is Institutionalizing Racial Equity, One Contract at a Time 

How the City is lowering barriers for business owners of color and local businesses to compete for city contracts, and growing the economic pie for all residents.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Oct 25, 2017

My Equation for Systems Change Results 

I challenge collective impact teams working in service of better results for people, especially people who have been marginalized for generations, to consider this formula as a frame to guide their w…

Blog Post Ratna Gill on Apr 18, 2017

Radical Self-Care: Four Lessons from Our Meeting with City Leaders in Albuquerq… 

Burnout is all too common in organizations working for social change. How can the social sector put self-care into practice?

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Jan 19, 2017

Video: How to Use Data to Drive Results 

This video shares lessons learned on data access and privacy, sourcing and policy.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra on Dec 15, 2016

What We Learned About Collective Impact Through Raising the Blended Catalyst Fu… 

Living Cities launched the Blended Catalyst Fund, to invest in and test innovative approaches to solving urban problems. Here is some of what we learned through raising the Fund.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 8, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing Collaboration 

When things go wrong in a PFS project—and they most likely will—it’s the quality of the partners’ collaboration that determines whether the project stays on track toward better outcomes for low-incom…

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Sep 1, 2016

Using Data for Collective Impact Step Five: Change Behavior and Share Responsib… 

The fifth step to using data for collective impact is committing to action to change behavior. These resources will help you move your partners to action.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Aug 31, 2016

Collective Impact #Toolbox: Data Inventory 

So you have your measures and outcomes all laid out. Now what? Assess what data you have, what data you need, and what data you hope to create over time using this handy spreadsheet.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Jul 29, 2016

Collective Impact #Toolbox: After Action Reviews 

Want to build a feedback culture? Use this fast, simple U.S. Army process to reflect, capture learning, and improve how your partnership works together over time.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jul 27, 2016

Using Data for Collective Impact Step Four: Discuss the Data 

The fourth step to using data for collective impact is discussing data with partners to determine what the data are telling you. These resources will help you facilitate these conversations.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 14, 2016

If I Build It... 

Wealth or meaning? Values-Driven Entrepreneurs don't make the choice: they do well BY doing good. And Tynesia Boyea-Robinson believes that with enough proof-points, they can change the way the world …

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jul 13, 2016

Using Data for Collective Impact Step Three: Present the Data 

The third step to using data for collective impact is presenting data in a way to facilitate behavior change. These resources will help you determine the best way to present your data.

Blog Post Kseniya Benderskaya on Jul 11, 2016

How Strong is Your Civic Infrastructure? The Boston Fed Wants to Know. 

How do you know when a city's civic infrastructure needs improvement? And what can be done? The Boston Fed is asking asking the people who know their cities best.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jul 8, 2016

The Only Solution to Our National Epidemic of Violence: Healing Together 

After a long week of national pain and mourning, it seems that the only solution to the violence in our country is to slowly come together and end the divisiveness all around us.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros & Jeff Raderstrong on Jun 29, 2016

Collective Impact #ToolBox: Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

Finding time to reflect on your initiative’s progress as you go is tough! Dashboards provide a simple way to add some structure to your reflection so you can focus on what needs improvement.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jun 16, 2016

Using Data for Collective Impact Step Two: Find the Data 

The second step to using data for collective impact is finding the data your partnership needs. These resources will help you navigate the complexities of data access.