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. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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"Division Street, U.S.A."

The New York Times
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Harnessing Open Data for Social Change

The book “Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation” analyzes how open data is being used to effect social change. Read More
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Chicago Launches First Comprehensive Public Data Dictionary

The Data Dictionary will serve as a resource for anyone interested in understanding what data is collected by city agencies and departments, how and if it may be accessed, and in what format it exists. Read More
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Building Influential Alliances to Meet Societal Challenges

A paper produced by Living Cities explores the traits and components of successful cross-sector partnerships that can yield innovative efforts to solve deeply entrenched societal problems. Read More
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A Collective Impact Case Study: Opportunity Chicago

A case study analyzes how the initiative successfully helped 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by connecting low-skilled, low income job seekers to workforce development resources. Read More
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Data Portal Provides Detail on Chicago Employment, Housing

A data portal launched by the Woodstock Institute will make available information on foreclosures, mortgage lending, housing, income, and employment for counties, community areas, and municipalities throughout the Chicago area. Read More