What We're Reading and Following This Week
Open Data Impact: When Demand and Supply Meet
This report from GovLab presents key findings from open data impact case studies. We’re particularly interested in their second recommendation: “Encourage collaborations across sectors (especially between government, private sector, and civil society) to better match the supply and demand of open data.” Because large public problems are so complex, the authors argue, open data projects will need to be cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary. “Working in a collaborative manner can help draw on a diverse pool of talent, and can also lead to innovative, out-of-the-box solutions.”
How Reimagining the Civic Commons is unlocking the potential of public space in Philadelphia
One year in, the Knight Foundation’s Reimagining the Civic Commons pilot project in Philadelphia is off to an exciting start. “The initiative has informed a deeper understanding of how success will only come through deep collaboration in and out of city government, robust and dynamic public-private partnerships, and a willingness to embrace civic innovation and innovators.” See our blog post on the initiative and how it’s fostering cross-sector connections here.
L.A.'s testing ground for transportation efficiency
“Forward-focused urban transportation departments are shifting their attention to a concept known as ‘mobility management,’ a modern approach that takes advantage of improvements in transportation technology and the explosion of available data,” explains Steven Goldsmith in Governing. This new model for transportation planning provides more of a role for the private sector: “These partnerships are creating a growing awareness of the range of possibilities posed by a city's traffic and population movement data, including more surgical policy interventions and better outcome evaluation.”
Five lessons in cross-sector leadership
In this piece in Presidio’s newsletter, Alison Gold examines what it takes to be a cross-sector leader. “Cross sector leadership and collaboration calls us to trust, to change ourselves and our organizations, to seek to understand where other individuals and organizations are coming from, and then figure out how to work together — to recognize the impact we have as it relates to others and acknowledge it.”
Seeking insights from partnerships that advance health
Are you a changemaker partnering with others to improve health in your community? Take the 2016 Pulse Check Survey from ReThink Health to shine a spotlight on your multi-sector collaborative’s accomplishments, challenges, experiences, and aspirations.