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City Club of Chicago Luncheon & Discussion on Violence in Chicago

Moderated by MacArthur Vice-President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch  Featuring Evelyn Diaz, Toni Irving, Jens Ludwig, & Andrew Papachristos To attend, please RSVP via the City Club of Chicago event page. Speaker bios Julia Stasch will ... Read More
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Column to Explore the “Science of Cities”

The column aims to elevate the conversation about science, research, urban policy, and their growing connection. Read More
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What We’re Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

MacArthur is exploring new ways of understanding the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world, from violence to climate change, and new ways to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read More
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7 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

The Award, which recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget. Read More
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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. Read More
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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. Read More
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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
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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. Read More
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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. Read More
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Fellowship to Connect Scholars with Policy Practitioners

The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy has named Brett Goldstein, Chief Data and Information Officer for the City of Chicago, as its inaugural Fellow in Urban Science. Read More
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Chicago Uses Crowdfunding to Grow Local Businesses, Create Jobs

World Business Chicago (WBC) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have launched Seed Chicago, a collaboration with Kickstarter that will highlight projects that create jobs and economic growth in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Read More

Staff

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Craig Howard

Director
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget

LaShonda Baldwin

Department Administrator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation