ComplexCities’ mission is to reform city decisions for multifaceted outcomes in equity, economy, environment, and health.

City decisions do not always mirror how cities function as a system of systems with many interconnected and interdependent parts. Oftentimes, a decision is “siloed” as the primary focus area such as housing, transportation, or workforce is kept within its own boundaries of funding, professional specialization, and organizational department. The catch is, focus areas such as transportation are more about what they facilitate then what they are. Transportation, for example, facilitates access to social networks, medical services, and job opportunities. It enables social and economic mobility through physical mobility. On a macro level, these movements are inputs into economic, health, and environmental targets. The degree to which transportation successfully serves diverse groups in terms of race, ethnicity, income, ability level, and age reveals how it fosters equity. Unfortunately, city decisions often don’t take all these factors into account. There are myriad reasons from restrictive funding and lack of executive support to busy staff members and lack of clarity as to how the decision making process could improve. Furthermore, decision-making processes vary widely in terms of scale, geographic area, level of formality, and involvement of actors. Many processes simply happen as they have historically without an intentional effort to understand and design for effectiveness. ComplexCities has multiple issue-centric projects to harness energy around specific challenges along with services to develop appropriate strategy, tactics, and implementation.


Capacity Building

Educate and empower decision makers and influencers through customized training

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Performance Tracking & Institutional Change

Create and apply performance measurement frameworks, reduce barriers through regulatory, financial, and organizational change

Technology, Data, and Research Integration

Leverage analytics, tools, and proven best practices to inform new approaches

Additional Support Areas

Public Participation

Structure participation within larger decision making processes for meaningful input

Intervention Analysis

Diagram formal and informal decision making process components, including stakeholder mapping, to pinpoint critical actions


City Subprojects

Create separate subprojects for cities and geographic areas internationally 


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