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.