Knight Creative Communities Initiative Evaluation Final Report

Knight Creative Communities Initiative Evaluation Final Report

A recent assessment of the first year of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Creative Communities Initiative (KCCI) found that many of the community-transformation projects sponsored through the initiative ran into problems, but very few ceased to function. According to the Knight Creative Communities Initiative Evaluation Final Report (46 pages, PDF), most participants indicated they would see their projects through to completion. KCCI was launched as part of the foundation's interest in developing social entrepreneurs to promote community transformation based on Richard Florida's creative-class theory of economic development. The report recommends that future projects through the initiative focus on longer-term goals, create a clearer "roadmap" for achieving those goals, and more clearly define the scope of the projects, time and logistical pressures, and funding sources.