Research Report Driving Systems Change Forward: Leveraging Multisite, Cross-Sector Initiatives to Change Systems, Advance Racial Equity, and Shift Power
Corianne Payton Scally, Lydia Lo, Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Camille H. Anoll, Kassie Scott
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A slate of multisite, cross-sector initiatives has emerged to address structural root causes of inequities by changing the systems that shape community conditions and individual well-being. These new, connected sets of activities were planned and implemented to achieve a goal that spans more than one site (e.g., a neighborhood, school, city, region) and involve a mix of institutions from the public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and/or private sectors. This report reflects on recent progress and shortcomings and provides strategies for initiative funders, intermediaries, sites, and evaluators who wish to evolve their efforts in ways that drive systems change forward. The findings highlight the complex intersections of systems, racial equity, and power that can work for or against systems change.

The executive summary and full report are available here.

Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center