ArtPlace America selected PolicyLink in 2015 to lead the research and documentation components of the Community Development Investments (CDI) program.  As a consulting partner to ArtPlace, PolicyLink is working collaboratively with ArtPlace staff, partners, and CDI grantees throughout the program’s duration to harvest the knowledge gained, lessons learned, and impacts observed when arts and cultural strategies are deployed in service of comprehensive community development and planning. In addition to studying the unique value add of artistic strategies, the research framework that PolicyLink has developed will place special emphasis on organizational change, highlighting the learning curve and shifts required for institutions who are taking on creative placemaking for the first time to sustainably and substantively incorporate new strategies into their work.  For more information and ongoing updates from the CDI Research and Documentation team, visit CDI Research and Documentation.