In this week’s Stanford Social Innovation Review, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a close look at the outcomes from one of the largest single-city community development efforts in the country, the decade-long New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago. Most notable, Jones writes, is data on community networks and how closely they connect to local growth and opportunity. The evidence confirms what community developers have long assumed but previously never proven: a durable local infrastructure of nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders is able to both attract and absorb capital in ways that measurably improve residents’ quality of life.
A new study on race and economic mobility in the United States by economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren stresses the role that neighborhoods can play in closing the country’s yawning, race-based opportunity gap. In the blog that follows, David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of Research and Evaluation, unpacks the lessons of the study, and posits how the findings can help guide the work of LISC and its partners going forward.
At LISC, we are always looking at what works to spur economic opportunity and strengthen neighborhoods. That’s why we teamed up with Duke University’s Common Cents Lab to find out what motivates people to engage in long-term coaching relationships at our Financial Opportunity Centers. LISC’s Laura D’Alessandro talks about what we learned and what it means for our efforts to help people build a stronger financial future.
At a time when data plays a more important role than ever in guiding our work—and telling our stories, a distinguished researcher will lead LISC in evaluating the strength of our investments to link people with opportunity.
David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of research and evaluation, talks about the path that led him to LISC and the imperative of translating research into better policy and practice in the field. In our Q&A, hear from Greenberg about how his past work as an organizer in homeless shelters inspired him to become an investigator, and about the most pivotal project of his career. Plus, one of his favorite non-research-related pastimes.