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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"Summer Program Teaches Students Technology Skills"

WTTW Chicago Tonight
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Engaging Chicago’s Youth in Civic Innovation

July and August marked the inaugural Civic Innovation Summer, an experimental summer jobs program for teens focused on civics, media, and technology.

"Hackers Called Into Civic Duty"

From The Wall Street Journal

"A Summer of Data Hacking Social Problems"

From The New York Times Blog

"Harris: Finding 'Real People' to Test Civic Apps"

From the Chicago Tribune

"Economic Rejuvenation Rx: Skills + Equity"

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Improving Government through Data Analytics

Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has launched Data-Smart City Solutions, an initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates.


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Craig Howard

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Mindy Martinez


Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer