Evaluating Programs and Impact within Promise Neighborhoods
Author: Peter A. Tatian, Benny Docter | Year of Publication: 2020
Place-based education and community change interventions such as Promise Neighborhoods face distinct challenges designing and executing high-quality evaluations. Because these efforts attempt to create population-level change by using a comprehensive continuum of cradle-to-career programming, experimental evaluation methods may be impractical or inappropriate. Nevertheless, planning, formative, and quasi-experimental methods can be used to conduct rigorous and instructive evaluations of Promise Neighborhoods. This brief presents options and discusses best practices for Promise Neighborhoods conducting evaluations within their communities.