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


On the part of the cities, the extent and type of mayoral commitment to the pilot was key to progress. Efforts by mayors in the early stages of the pilot to set a vision for the SC2 team’s activities and convey the importance of the engagement to city staff facilitated progress, while a lack of initial planning for SC2 efforts led to delays in implementation. An additional factor affecting success was the underlying capacity of the pilot cities, which varied across the six sites. While all pilot cities faced capacity challenges, those cities with extremely low staff capacity struggled to fully take advantage of what the pilot offered.

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