Civic Tech and Data Collaborative

Funder: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Contact: Kathryn Pettit [email protected]
Date: October 2014 - April 2018

From 2014 to 2018, the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative (CTDC) brought together local government officials, civic technologists, and community data organizations across seven communities to explore how to harness data and technology to benefit low-income residents. Three national organizations with local networks - Living Cities, Code for America, and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership – guided the initiative Local collaboratives in Boston, St. Louis, and Washington, DC created products that use data and technology in new ways to improve services or programs in their cities. Four additional sites - Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Antonio and Seattle - shared lessons from exploring how to strengthen their civic tech and data ecosystems.

We have seen that when communities combine their technology and data expertise and resources, they can:

  • Unlock data to shed light on issues and take action on what they reveal
  • Creatively incorporate technology to enhance systems-level solutions
  • Build government’s capacity to pilot and spread the use of civic tech and data across departments and externally
  • Create solutions that involve low-income residents and improve their lives





National Partners


Local Partners

See all NNIP items related to the issues:
Civic engagement, Public Safety, Employment, Open Data, Open Source Tools

Participating Partners:

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Urban–Greater DC
Community Information Now (CINow)
Communities Count
University Center for Social and Urban Research
Center on Poverty and Community Development