Results from a MacArthur-supported study shows increased Internet usage in low and moderate-income communities in Chicago that participated in the Smart Communities program, where a concentrated effort was made to educate residents about the internet and how it can improve their quality of life. The Smart Communities program, funded by a $7 million federal stimulus grant, offered Internet training for residents, technical assistance and training for businesses, and digital media programs for youth in nine predominately African American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago. The study by Arizona State University found that the Smart Communities had a statistically significant 13 percent increase in Internet use compared to other Chicago communities, which saw only a 4.5 percent increase.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.