The MIX Challenge Toolkit: Tools & Techniques for Challenge-Based Innovation Partnerships & Procurement

The Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX) project team created this Toolkit to assist municipalities - individual line managers or project owners, or municipal strategic teams (like a Smart Cities Office) - that are contemplating or undertaking a procurement by means of innovation partnership.

The Toolkit can help municipal staff decide which projects are a good fit for this approach to procurement. It can help them initiate and manage an innovation partnership. It can also help them assess the whole experience afterwards and determine if and how to apply innovation partnership again.

10: A Guide for a Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery

Our cities and communities are where people live. It is here we see the effects of public policy and it is here where we will address the issues that matter most to Canadians. The choices made today will impact Canada’s recovery from COVID-19. If we want a future where our cities are thriving, we need to work together to achieve a collective community-based response. We are all in this together and it will take all of us in a community to find our way through.

If you are a community leader, such as a mayor, an elected official, a business leader, a community activist, or a concerned citizen, this guide was written for you. We created it to be accessible and easy to use, with five sections and links to resources throughout.



A Scan of Municipal Financial Capability Efforts

As the connection between financial capability and social mobility is made evident, both public and private actors are increasingly interrogating the drivers of personal financial health and investing in the innovation of products and services designed to improve the condition of economically vulnerable individuals.

This high-level scan of existing U.S. financial capability initiatives and the ways they fit together lends insight into the role that cities and their core institutions can play in promoting residents’ personal economic growth. This study, funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and executed by Urbane Development (UD), leverages
primary and secondary research to explore features of the broad range of programs and policy efforts that make up the financial capability landscape of the U.S. This examination focuses particularly on programs deployed by and within municipalities.

 



Chicago – The Cost of Eviction and Unpaid Bills of Financially Insecure Families for City Budgets

LIFT-UP – An Innovative Approach to Municipal Financial Empowerment

Navigating the Market – A comparison of spending on financial education and financial marketing

LIFT-UP: Innovative City Strategy Reduces Utility Debt and Financial Insecurity for Residents

Implementation and Impact Evaluation of Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) Final Report

Implementation and Impact Evaluation of Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) Executive Summary

Divided City: Life in Canada’s Child Poverty Capital. 2016 Toronto Child and Family Poverty Report Card

Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities

Ending homelessness in Canada: A Study of 10-Year Plans in 4 Canadian Cities

A Game-changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation

TOcore Community Services & Facilities Study Phase One: Taking Stock

On the Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City

Building Economic Security in America’s Cities New Municipal Strategies for Asset Building and Financial Empowerment

The Unequal City 2015: Income and Health Inequities in Toronto

The Unequal City 2015: Income and Health Inequities in Toronto – Technical Report

TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Toronto Employment & Social Services Programs & Services

The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles

End Poverty in a Generation: A Road Map to Guide Our Journey

The burden of Poverty: A snapshot of poverty across Canada

Enough for all: Unleashing our communities’ resources to drive down poverty in Calgary

Summer Jobs Connect: Building Banking and Savings Programs in Summer Youth Employment

Building financial capability in youth employment programs: Insights from a roundtable with practitioners

Summer Jobs Connect: Connecting Youth to Developmental and Financial Goals