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Mistakes to Success: Applying Roadmap Tools

Overview: 

In 2008, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MDC set out to begin documenting mistakes and lessons learned through a series of interesting and provocative papers that focused on failures in community economic development (CED). Out of this work came a book, Mistakes to Success: Learning and Adapting When Things Go Wrong, and a set of tools to help practitioners analyze mistakes and reflect on changes needed to achieve better results.

As a follow-up to the Mistakes to Success publication and emerging practice, MDC engaged a set of community and economic development practitioners to test and document the effectiveness of a simple set of analytical tools and processes designed to help social sector leaders get started, build the habit, and build a learning culture within their organizations.