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  • MDRC Publications

      Lessons from the New York City Change Capital Fund’s Economic Mobility Initiative (2014-2018)

      September, 2018
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves

      A group of 17 donors are collaborating to provide multiyear funding to help community organizations build data capacity and integrate services — an uncommon opportunity. This report reviews the progress made among the first round of grantees and considers lessons involving donor expectations, technical assistance, and stakeholder involvement.

      Promising Strategies from a Donor Collaborative

      January, 2018
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, David M. Greenberg

      The NYC Change Capital Fund is a formal consortium of donors investing in community organizations with the dual objective of helping build their data capacity and encouraging ambitious program goals. This brief offers insights on the effective operation of a donor collaborative, from managing democratic governance to setting clear expectations.

      Lessons on Increasing College Completion from Six Talent Dividend Cities

      December, 2017
      Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, Jessica Taketa

      The Talent Dividend competition encouraged major metro areas to find ways to boost their proportions of college graduates. The effort suggests that cross-sector partnerships and interventions that ease students’ transitions to the next level of education hold promise in aiding credit attainment and narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students.

      Learning from the Chicago Community Networks Study

      November, 2017
      David M. Greenberg, Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, Mikael Karlström, Stephen Nuñez, M. Victoria Quiroz-Becerra, Sarah Schell, Edith Yang, Audrey Yu

      This report presents findings from the Chicago Community Networks study — one of the most extensive efforts to measure interorganizational partnerships in local neighborhoods. It uses social network analysis and extensive field research to ask how specific patterns of partnership promote better-implemented collaborations that, in turn, can inform public policy.

      Using Data as a Performance Management Tool

      July, 2017
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves

      The NYC Change Capital Fund, a donor collaborative, invests in community organizations to help build their data capacity. This brief outlines the challenges and benefits of creating a data infrastructure and the need to help staff members go beyond standard funder reporting practices and begin using data to improve programs.

      November, 2016
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, David M. Greenberg, Sarah Schell

      The Change Capital Fund donor consortium invests in community groups to help expand their capacity to coordinate services in areas of persistent poverty. Using a variety of models, grantees are strengthening internal and external connections to meet the housing, education, and employment needs of local residents.

      Breaking Down Silos to Promote Economic Opportunity

      May, 2016
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, David M. Greenberg

      The Change Capital Fund, a partnership of donors, invests in community groups to develop their capacity to coordinate services to meet the multiple needs of low-income families. As these groups work to overcome their tendency to specialize internally, their programs must be open to new ways of aligning their efforts.

      Research Directions on Low-Income Neighborhoods and Fostering Economic Mobility

      April, 2016
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, David M. Greenberg

      A growing body of evidence suggests that neighborhoods matter for low-income people’s life trajectories. This brief summarizes major recent findings on poverty and place, describes how MDRC is building a body of evidence to inform place-based strategies to address poverty, and suggests some future directions for the field.

      Implementation Lessons from San Antonio and the Bronx

      October, 2015
      David M. Greenberg, Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, M. Victoria Quiroz-Becerra, David H. Greenberg, Ari Oppenheim

      Jobs-Plus was designed to raise and sustain the employment and earnings of residents of public housing developments. This report investigates how Jobs-Plus was replicated in more contemporary settings, analyzing the early implementation experiences of a community-based provider in the Bronx, NY, and the San Antonio Housing Authority in Texas.

      New York City’s Change Capital Fund

      September, 2015
      Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, David M. Greenberg

      Given evidence that neighborhood matters for resident economic mobility, the Change Capital Fund, a donor collaborative, is investing in five NYC community organizations to build their capacity to coordinate resources and integrate critical services — addressing housing, education, and employment needs — to fight poverty in low-income neighborhoods.

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