What We're Reading and Following This Week
Civic Graph charts the new world of civic tech
This piece in Government Technology profiles Microsoft's new Civic Graph, "an old-world atlas for civic innovation." We're interested in the strong cross-sector element of the project: "Governments can use it to identify civic tech resources and opportunities, non-profits can harness it to define civic strategies, and for individuals and companies, Civic Graph might illuminate where they can participate and engage the emerging industry."
Collaborating to See All Constituents Reach Their Full Potential: Memorandum on Research and Resources on Equity and Collective Impact
As we laid out in our research agenda, we're interested in the role of philanthropy in advancing the practice of cross-sector collaboration. We were excited to see this report from Collective Impact Forum and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, which "identifies some of the major challenges organizations grapple with around advancing equity, and also discusses key focus areas that funders could support to help build their grantees’ capacity to address and reduce inequities." Also related to collective impact and equity — this excellent article in SSIR.
Environmental analysis released on collaborative forest project
With partners from across the business, non-profit, and government sectors, a collaboration in Oregon "has become a model for the National Cohesive Wildfire Strategy, adopted in 2009 to make communities more resilient and better protected against wildfires." For more on intersector collaborations reducing the risks of wildfires, see our case study on the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project.
Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children: A Funder's Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five
According to a new report from The Bridgespan Group, America underinvests in crucial early childhood programs. "The need is too great for private philanthropy alone to meet. Much of the most effective work will be collaborative work that engages public and private stakeholders across a city, a state, or the nation."