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AT THE TABLE: IDEAS AND INSIGHTS FROM LIVING CITIES’ INTEGRATION INITIATIVE : Volume 3

AT THE TABLE: IDEAS AND INSIGHTS FROM LIVING CITIES’ INTEGRATION INITIATIVE : Volume 3 | United Way | Scoop.it
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Welcome to the third issue of At the Table: Ideas and Insights from The Integration Initiative! Through At the Table, we aim to share our latest learning on how to make cities places of economic opportunity for all residents.  Through TII, cross-sector teams of decision-makers in Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, and the Twin Cities are working to transform key systems in order to produce better outcomes for low-income people.  While the systems vary—from mobility to health to economic development to workforce—we continue to learn a lot from each site about  the leadership infrastructure (what Living Cities calls the One Table approach), and innovative strategies to deploy capital necessary to make transformational change. Now we’re halfway through the first phase of The Integration Initiative.

 

In this issue of At the Table, we explore how learning is the key measure of progress towards systems change, and how programs serve as a mechanism to learn about a system. We discuss how data is a key factor in this learning, but that there are many challenges to initiatives collecting and using data in strategic ways. We also sat down with Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, to discuss efforts in the Twin Cities to align the workforce and economic development systems.

 

These pieces reflect thinking during specific points in time in the midst of complex multi-year work.

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ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives

ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives | United Way | Scoop.it

What is ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project is a powerful tool designed to analyze the U.S. Education system through five key lenses:   policy, research, organizations, funders and technology. 
  ERIN Project is a free, impartial, and up-to-date database.

Who Created ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project was created by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.  You can learn more about LJAF by visiting www.arnoldfoundation.org.

How ERIN Project is Structured

  ERIN Project's data is grouped into five general categories:

Funders; Research; Policy; Organizations working in education; and Information technology.
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Facts Matter community health data portal wins first place at conference - Share Story

Facts Matter community health data portal wins first place at conference - Share Story | United Way | Scoop.it

Greater Cincinnati’s Facts Matter Community Data Portal was awarded first place in the “Web-Based GIS Application” category during the 2012 Esri International User Conference User Software Applications Fair in San Diego, Calif. 

 

Facts Matter partners include The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and the Community Research Collaborative.

 

Facts Matter is a custom configuration of HealthLandscape’s Community Data Portal. It provides the public with data about population demographics, the status of children and youth, education, health, economics and social relations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. The portal expands the community’s access to data and informs regional efforts to work together to improve the community.

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KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book from Annie E. Casey Foundation

KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book from Annie E. Casey Foundation | United Way | Scoop.it

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline. Via http://sparkaction.org/

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6 Projects Harnessing Data To Do Good

6 Projects Harnessing Data To Do Good | United Way | Scoop.it
The Internet, fast Wi-Fi, and ever-improving computer processors have made it easier than ever for corporations, non-profits, and cities to harness large amounts of data to do everything from predicting terrorist attacks to studying urban heat...
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Spark Action KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge Launches September 5!

The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Spark Action KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge Launches September 5! | United Way | Scoop.it

It's not only what you say, it's how you say it.

 

Here’s your chance to create your own “beautiful thing”— a clear, colorful infographic that engages, educates and entertains—and win cool prizes for your effort.  We invite you to enter the KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge!

 

The Challenge is a crowd-sourced competition that asks young people (13 to 21) and adults (22 and older) to creatively present the 2012 KIDS COUNT (http://datacenter.kidscount.org/) data that matter most to them. Focus on data about your city, your state or an issue area that affects the nation as a whole. It's up to you, because we know it's not just what you say that matters, it's how you say it.

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The Need for Philanthropic Champions of Transparency

The Need for Philanthropic Champions of Transparency | United Way | Scoop.it

"If philanthropy has a strong story to tell, it should be one that can be told by independent observers taking advantage of transparency to examine the data."

 

Even if it might be uncomfortable for institutions used to operating at a relative distance from public scrutiny, several public benefits might be realized by increased foundation transparency.
- By Rick Cohen
Via http://CivicDataChallenge.org

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