BUILDING A
BETTER TOOLBOX

Interconnected communities can become a reality across our nation. To make it happen, we’re creating a virtual Research Lab, working with thought leaders and industry experts from a wide range of disciplines and organizations. Together, we’re developing tools and strategies that make it easier than ever to replicate the model and grow the movement.

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Measuring impact

Together with social science research institutions and management practitioners from across the nation, including Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut - Community Partners, UCONN's Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we’re creating a new standard of holistic measurement that draws upon economics, sociology, health and education theory. With these integrated management, data and analysis capabilities, communities can plan innovative programs, assess and improve their performance, and work together to achieve the best possible results.

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Streamlining
collaborative workflows  

We’re partnering with world-class strategists and designers to make interconnected communities more scalable and easier to replicate. The first outcome is a prototype for a user-centered digital platform supporting collaborative social programs. The prototype promises to help practitioners and funders of collaborative projects better align program objectives, agree upon milestones and metrics, streamline the data collection function, and simplify impact reporting. 

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Building regional networks

In partnership with the Regional Plan Association (RPA), we’re organizing the Anchor Opportunity Network, a regional alliance of anchor institutions, like hospitals and universities, partnering with local stakeholders to employ economic and social investment strategies in their surrounding communities. We also co-authored a critical section of 4th Regional Plan, which includes guidelines for anchor institutions to serve as important engines for neighborhood revitalization.

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Documenting best practices

We’ve assisted the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) to include community development and place based initiatives in its national convenings and long-term outlook. Recently, we helped them present examples of Anchor Strategies and Community Development-fueled health initiatives at their 2018 national conference.

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