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Community Development Corporations Using New Tool to Track Progress

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress helped identify five local community development corporations to pilot a new success measurement tool.  GEAR (Governance, Economy, Activism and Relationships) is a tool developed by Bridge to the Future, an Israel-based community revitalization organization supported by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. The evidence-based tool combines fact and informed opinion to measure the effectiveness of initiatives. This approach allows leaders the chance to make changes to programs as needed, on a real-time basis.

The federation saw the success of using GEAR and decided to help bring it to Cleveland through a collaboration with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. The five Cleveland community development corporations — St. Clair Superior, Northeast Shores, Detroit Shoreway, Union-Miles and Famicos — are the first in the country to pilot the new tool, according to the Federation.

You can read the full Crain’s article here.