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February 25, 2015

Community, Opportunity, Reinvestment (CORe) Initiative.

Initiative Introduction

The Dilemma of Distress

  • Research in multiple areas has shown that there is a single
    common predictor of an individual’s success across health,
    educational, and public safety outcomes – a person’s zip
  • However, there has been little impact on improving
    community outcomes despite millions of dollars and dozens
    of programs.
  • In a 2012 analysis, eight state agencies spent $350 million on
    60 different programs in distressed neighborhoods within
    twelve cities.

The CORe Approach

  • CORe is a Governor’s initiative to address disparities in
    employment, public safety, and well-being (housing,
    education, and health) in New York’s most distressed
  • Coordinating state support with local needs to better allocate
    resources and make measurable progress in high-need
  • Using data to direct attention to the places and peoples that
    are most distressed and identify the most successful
    community-based efforts to support.

CORe Goals

  • Align programs, policies, and funding across government
    organizations – both vertically (state-to-local) and
    horizontally (all state agencies) – to improve community
    outcomes in economic opportunity, public safety, and well-
  • Target efforts and investments based on the places and
    people that the data show are linked to concentrations of
  • Evaluate interventions and results based on commonly-
    shared metrics.

CORe Pilot Neighborhoods

  • Albany
  • Newburgh

2015 CORe Strategy

  1. Continue to pilot community-level interventions in Albany
    and Newburgh neighborhoods that focus on public safety and
  2. Expand COReSTAT neighborhood-level condition data to
    allow communities to identify, assess, and overcome barriers
    to success
  3. Support partnerships and coordinated systems that leverage
    existing resources and better respond to community need.
  4. Build statewide resident engagement in efforts to improve
    neighborhood conditions.

1. Pilot Targeted Interventions

  • In Albany, CORe focuses on improving public safety
    outcomes by engaging in data-driven efforts for individuals
    re-entering society from incarceration and at-risk youth.
  • In Newburgh, CORe focuses on improving employability
    outcomes by coordinating workforce programs and removing
    barriers to employment for the hardest-to-place residents.

2. Expand COReSTAT

  • COReSTAT is a comprehensive tool
    for measuring indicators of distress at
    a neighborhood-level.
  • This tool includes federal, state, and
    local data on public safety, economic
    prosperity, housing, education, public
    health, and human services.
  • Expanding the COReSTAT tool
    through an open platform will allow
    the public to access neighborhood
    condition data throughout the state.

3. Support Partnerships and Systems

  • CORe is designed to increase the performance of
    government by supporting partnerships and systems that
    leverage existing resources. Through this strategy, CORe partners with higher education institutions to align community outreach and evaluate intervention success.
  • Integrates state resources to better track services delivered
    through community organizations.
  • Joined the Rochester Anti-Poverty State Task Force providing
    technical support and best practices.

4. Build Resident Engagement

  • CORe works to empower communities to achieve
    successful outcomes. To fulfill this work, CORe pairs community interventions with a resident engagement component that is designed to build neighborhood capacity and cohesion.
  • CORe partner, Community Solutions, conducts resident focus groups and surveys to prioritize community need.
  • The focus groups and surveys build into the Neighborhood Action
    Lab where residents identify a complex problem facing their
    community and set ambitious goals to solve the problem within a
    short timeframe (e.g., 90 days).

Contact Information

Nora Yates, Director

CORe Initiative


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