Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. 1.3.2 Structure of the SC2 Teams


Once the pilot cities were selected, members of the Domestic Policy Council worked with the participating federal agencies to assemble the SC2 teams. Each pilot city had a SC2 team with a team lead and a small number of federal employees who were deployed to live and work in the chosen city, along with a larger number of federal staff assigned to work on the SC2 team either part-time or as advisors. Team members worked from one of three locations:

  • On site, at or near city hall. In five of the six pilot cities, a small number of team members, 14 in total, relocated to the city. 12 The on-site members typically worked full-time on SC2 pilot activities and operated from the mayor’s office or within a city department. Most SC2 team leads were embedded in their assigned cities aside from two cities where the leads remained based in nearby cities with existing federal offices.
  • Remote, working in a regional or field office. 13 The percentage of team members located in federal regional or field offices varied by site. Most of these team members had worked in these offices before their SC2 team participation. They generally worked part-time on SC2 activities.
  • Remote, working at department headquarters in the Washington, DC area. The percentage of team members located in department headquarters varied from site to site. Most Washington, DC-based team members worked on SC2 part-time or in an advisory role.

Within these general parameters, the composition of each team was customized to the needs of the city and federal agencies’ pre-existing relationships in each city. Teams varied in terms of the number of team members in each location, the number of individuals working full-time versus part-time on SC2 work, and the agencies represented on the SC2 teams.

12  Fourteen individuals occupying 12 SC2 team positions relocated to pilot cities during the first year of implementation. (One city had three separate individuals sequentially relocate on site to be the SC2 team lead.)

13  The category regional or field office staff is an aggregation of all federal employees not on site and not based in department headquarters. This is an imperfect categorization because departments, and sometimes agencies within departments, have different regional office structures. Also, some pilot cities are home to regional/field offices, further complicating the categorization. In cases where the regional or field office is located within the city, a team member from that regional or field office would be counted in the remote, working in a regional or field office category to differentiate that member from a team member working out of city hall.

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