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Four local governments make strides to rebuild trust with historically underserved communities
The Centre for Public Impact releases report on the impact of Earned Legitimacy programming in Carlton County, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Harris County, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah
March 10, 2022 - Washington D.C. - Today, the Centre for Public Impact released the Earned Legitimacy Learning Cohort: Impact Report. The report details the outcomes of the organization's 10-week program that brought together local governments and historically underserved communities with the aim of repairing relationships through acknowledging past wrongs and showing a commitment to confront present-day justice and civil rights issues. Inaugural cohort participants included Carlton County, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Harris County, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
During the cohort participants engaged with 50+ community members to generate 250+ ideas, all while working to build long-term trust and engagement with residents. Each participating municipality chose to focus on a unique challenge in their community, collaborated with impacted residents, and presented policy suggestions at the end of the program. Focus areas and policy impacts include:
Key to the success of the inaugural Earned Legitimacy Learning Cohort was the mindset of learning imbued into the program. According to Jorge Fanjul, Legitimacy Program Director at the Centre for Public Impact, “The core of the Earned Legitimacy Learning Cohort was being open to listening, learning, and adapting. CPI’s Learning Liaisons helped cohort members focus on centering community perspectives, especially from communities that have been historically underrepresented, and worked to share power with those impacted by a specific challenge–leading to truly cocreating with residents in ways that make for real and transformative impact in people’s lives. The fact that all four participating counties reported that they were able to not only connect, but design policy solutions with communities who did not trust the government at the start of the program speaks volumes to the power of the Earned Legitimacy methodology.”
To learn more about the Earned Legitimacy Learning Cohort, you can read the full report online and join CPI’s upcoming event Building Trust in Local Government: An Earned Legitimacy Learning Webinar .
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At the Centre for Public Impact, we believe in the potential of government to bring about better outcomes for people. Yet, we have found that the systems, structures, and processes of government today are often not set up to respond to the complex challenges we face as a society. That’s why we have an emerging vision to reimagine government so that it works for everyone.
A global not-for-profit organisation founded by the Boston Consulting Group, we act as a learning partner for governments, public servants, and the diverse network of changemakers who are leading the charge to reimagine government. We work with them to hold space to collectively make sense of the complex challenges we face and drive meaningful change through learning and experimentation.
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