Evaluation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Teams Pilot: Final Report. New Federal Insight Into Cities


From the perspective of the federal government, a key strength of the SC2 approach was that it gave agencies new insight into how local governments in distressed cities operate and how to better target resources to their needs. SC2 team members learned how cities manage competing priorities under the strain of limited capacity, how they use federal resources such as programmatic funds and technical assistance, when cities were successful in using resources, and what barriers cities faced when they were unsuccessful. As a result of these new insights, federal agencies were able to more effectively target their efforts to the individual needs of cities’ with constrained capacity.

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