What we do

Research and analysis

  • Community-based, participatory agenda-setting
  • Pairing: Higher ed, community, public sector
  • Demographic data: centralized, topical, accessible, updated
  • Self-generated issue briefs, policy briefs, and full-length studies
  • Support for community and public sector projects
  • Dissemination
  • Study tours

Civic engagement

  • Public events: neighborhood/downtown venues, issue forums, speakers, readings, film series
  • Blog: multi-author, interactive, media-rich, issue-organized
  • News: web-based aggregation, external links, commentary
  • Regular columns, op-eds, and radio appearances: rotating contributors and topics
  • Voter education, mobilization, GOTV
  • Youth leadership development
  • Resident advisory and oversight boards
  • Bi-lingual, bi-cultural

Institutional capacity-building for community organizations

  • Organizational assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Professional development
  • Program development, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Board development
  • Strategic communications
  • Incubation, fiscal agency, co-working

See our year one review here.


The Springfield Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are supported by a combination of third party grant funding, fee-for-service projects, and in-kind contributions. Click here for a snapshot of funding from July 2009.

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