Community Development

What Works Cities Brief: The City Hall Data Gap

Publication date: 
03/2016
Unlocking the potential of data and evidence to inform decision making is key to ensuring cities thrive in the 21st century. Cities across the country are sold on the value of using data and evidence to make informed decisions for their communities; the demand is robust. But a wide gap exists between cities’ desire and their ability to implement evidence-based practices. This brief quantifies cities’ current practices around the use of data, based on an analysis by The Bridgespan Group of What Works Cities applicants. The analysis is focused on information from the 39 cities visited by What...
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Engaging New Voters: the Impact of Nonprofit Voter Outreach on Client and Community Turnout

Publication date: 
12/2015
This report is the fourth in a series of studies examining six districts’ experiences in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, a six-year effort designed to help these districts build larger pools of strong principals and then study the results.

Inequality and Opportunity: The Role of Exclusion, Social Capital, and Generic Social Processes in Upward Mobility

Publication date: 
12/2015
Despite top-down measures and informal trends that would seem to encourage integration by providing opportunities for social interactions across socioeconomic and racial divisions, social exclusion persists in the United States, particularly among the poor and disadvantaged. What processes isolate the disadvantaged and thereby limit the accumulation of social capital that would help them get ahead? And how can research illuminate responses that would reduce inequality and improve upward mobility? Duke University’s Linda Burton and Whitney Welsh tackle these questions.
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