The Chicago Prize Story

The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is working with Susan Lloyd of Lloyd Consulting to document the process of the Chicago Prize and capture lessons from the competition. These reports give an inside look on the development and implementation of the Chicago Prize and offer reflections on strategies for investment in catalytic, community-led initiatives.

  • Getting to Go

    Read the first report, which outlines the goals, constituents, and design of the competition.

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  • Inspiring Competition

    Read the second report, which examines communications undertaken to advance the Chicago Prize, with an emphasis on the team’s efforts to reach, recruit, and support applicants to the competition.

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  • Making Hard Choices

    Read the third report, which examines the two-step assessment process—panel review, followed by committee selection—that advanced the Finalists to the second phase of the Chicago Prize competition.

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  • Digging Deeper

    Read the fourth report, which describes the second phase of the competition, from November 2019 through May 2020.

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  • Learning in Real Time

    Read the fifth paper, which recalls the purpose and intent of the competition; discusses the winning initiative and the reasons for its selection; considers whether the competition achieved the intended results; and shares some of the lessons learned along the way.

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