Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. Extending the Reach of Lessons Learned


In the time following the formal evaluation period of this study, there have been a number of examples of embedding lessons learned from SC2’s approach across other agencies and cities. For example, other federal place-based initiatives were developed with significant input from the SC2 Council. In particular, Promise Zones incorporated SC2’s model and lessons learned into the design of their programs. Among other similarities, each Promise Zone will have a designated federal “Community Liaison” who serves in an inter-agency role much like the SC2 team lead.4 Additionally, HUD’s Community Needs Assessment tool was co-designed by the SC2 Council and HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management as a mechanism for HUD field staff to do a deep-dive assessment of the inter-agency needs of high-priority communities. Finally, the SC2 National Resource Network (the Network) launched in May of 2012 in order to extend support to a larger group of distressed communities. The Network’s design was based on lessons learned from SC2’s pilot in order to further streamline federal assistance for distressed communities and create opportunities for peer to peer learning.

4  https://www.onecpd.info/promise-zones/

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