Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. 1.4.1 Data Sources


To answer the study’s research questions, we relied on five main sources of data:

  • Existing program documentation. We reviewed existing program documentation including SC2 site assessments, work plans, and quarterly reports to understand the cities’ priority areas, how the implementation was structured in each city, how implementation changed over time, and what was accomplished.
  • SC2 Council team member web survey. The SC2 Council’s team member web survey was conducted during fall 2012. We reviewed the survey responses to document the types of activities team members were working on, to understand the characteristics of team members and how their experiences with SC2 varied based on their assignment characteristics, and to identify elements of the pilot model that might be worth replicating in the future.
  • Key informant interviews. We conducted in-depth key informant interviews with more than 30 individuals including members of SC2 Council staff, federal agency points of contact (POCs), SC2 team leads, Washington, DC-based team members, and embedded and regional team members who were unavailable when the research team was on site. The interviews explored how the SC2 teams were formed, how the pilot was implemented, perceptions of how well the pilot worked, and lessons that have been learned.
  • Site visits. We visited each of the six pilot cities to gather on-the-ground information about what the cities had hoped to achieve by participating in the SC2 pilot, whether they were satisfied with what was accomplished, and what they perceived worked and did not work in the SC2 team approach. We also used the site visits to document the broader landscape of redevelopment activities and partners.
  • Focus groups. We facilitated focus groups in three of the six pilot cities with federal team members who were able to travel to the city while the study team was on site. We used these focus groups to refine our understanding of what was implemented in each site, including details about capacity building, how the various federal actors worked together, how the federal actors and the local entities collaborated, and what seemed to work well and what did not.

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