“Wherever possible, we should design new initiatives to build rigorous data about what works and […]
This personal narrative explores the author's time in the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing, and her on-the-ground experience with data and reporting in city government.
We know the all-too-familiar statistics—despite the United States spending almost twice as much as other […]
This essayillustrates a set of measurement principles and approaches that have helped service providers and community residents better understand and respond to the complexity inherent in community change.
At best, data help us predict the future and understand the past. At worst, they […]
This essay shares lessons from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s investments in community development efforts in Chicago and information infrastructure nationally, and offers recommendations for foundations interested in supporting the evolution of a more informed and effective community development field.