Collaborating For 21st Century Solutions

Report by Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Elizabeth Reynoso, and Christopher Whitaker
June 11, 2018

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)

Communities should cultivate and draw on their capacity to use data and technology to benefit residents with the fewest resources. From 2014 to 2018, the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative brought together local government officials, civic technologists, and data intermediaries across seven communities to explore how to harness data and technology to benefit low-income residents. Drawing on the local experiences, the three guiding national organizations - Living Cities, Code for America, and the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership – share advice on engaging low-income residents, mobilizing for collective action, resourcing collaboratives, and sustaining the gains achieved.

As part of 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.  To access the three case studies, ecosystem mapping guide, and other project resources, visit


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