In 2018, the Community Innovation Network is proud to partner with the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) to support the advancement, evaluation, and continuous improvement of (CNPs) Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI) efforts. Going beyond simply measuring the diversity of participation, this work includes the development of measures to see if CNP and other community change organizations’ efforts are changing operating culture and reducing disparities across neighborhoods. 


The Community Innovation Network worked closely facilitated the work of the Support for Artists Planning Team, a group of 14 individual artists in Cuyahoga County, to develop a recommended approach for Cuyahoga Arts and Culture's support for individual artists. These recommendations put the region's race relations issues front and center, and work to provide a framework for public agencies to lead equitable funding practices. 


Asset-mapping is a valuable tool for mobilizing a community around its strengths, for organizational community planning, and for developing community partnerships. In 2016, the Community Innovation Network partnered with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to conduct a participatory asset mapping project. Learn more about the project here.



Contact Information:

Heather Lenz, M.A., Heather.Lenz@case.edu
Assistant Director, Community Innovation Network
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University