Rockefeller Awards Innovation Grant

Posted by Public Policy Lab

The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a 2012 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund grant to Parsons The New School for Design and the Public Policy Lab. We’re honored to have our work included with the other innovative 2012 grantees!

This award will support our project in partnership with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to explore ways to facilitate the involvement of community residents in the development of housing-related services.

Phase 1 of Public & Collaborative kicked off in the spring of 2012 with a series of lectures at Parsons (videos here) by international design experts. A team of Public Policy Lab fellows began researching HPD’s current service offerings and generating concepts for improving service delivery. Parsons faculty and students investigated ways to promote more connected and successful communities, particularly by enabling residents’ involvement in the design and delivery of local services and amenities.

The generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation allows us to carry out Phase 2 of the project. Over the summer and fall of 2012, the project team will synthesize and document preliminary findings, select the most promising ideas, further refine those concepts in collaboration with city residents and service providers, and develop preliminary implementation proposals for pilot projects to improve the delivery of services for housing.

The project continues next year: An illustrated how-to guide of pilot proposals will be published in early 2013. A public event to launch the pilots is planned, as is a two-day conference, late in 2013, to bring together community members, academics, designers, and policymakers to discuss public-sector innovation.

We’re excited to carry this work forward, and updates on our fellows’ work and the project findings will be made available here and on the project website in the coming months!