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Tracking Progress Toward Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Cities

A report from the Urban Institute examines the relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to cities in the United States and identifies data sources that local leaders can use to track progress toward the ...
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Pathways to Urban Sustainability

A report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities become more sustainable, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being.
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New Model to Improve Accuracy of Cook County Housing Assessments

The new residential assessment model was developed to address “regressivity,” which results in higher-priced homes being under-assessed.
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Ten Community Projects Awarded Partners for Places Grants

The Partners for Places grant program has awarded ten communities a total of $562,000 for local improvement projects that involve partnerships between government and philanthropy.
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An Evaluation of the New Communities Program

The New Communities Program is a flagship investment in the Foundation’s work to understand the dynamics of cities and neighborhoods as a mechanism for addressing major urban challenges.
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Experts Discuss Violence in Chicago

MacArthur’s Julia Stasch moderates a panel of experts discussing violence in Chicago
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Study Finds Increased Internet Use in Underserved Chicago Areas

Results from a MacArthur-supported study shows increased Internet usage in low and moderate-income communities in Chicago where a concentrated effort was made to educate residents about the internet and how it can improve their quality of ...
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Governance and Politics in the Changing American City

Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study convened 30 prominent urban scholars from several social science disciplines to discuss new ideas and advance research on the changing nature of urban politics and governance.
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The University of Chicago Crime Lab

Using evidence to reduce crime and violence. 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recipient.
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Reducing the Risk of School Dropout and Violence Involvement Among Chicago Youth

A paper conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, suggests a promising approach for helping the most challenged students, who often arrive in high school several years behind their peers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.