Resources

Evaluating Programs and Impact within Promise Neighborhoods

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,...

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Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives

Youth engagement is the meaningful and sustained involvement of young people in efforts to create positive social change. This approach requires youth-serving organizations to rebalance traditional power dynamics between adults and young people, allowing youths to take on decision-making...

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Creating Lasting Change through Community Leadership

A digital feature discussing how Promise Neighborhoods are working with residents to weather crises and transform communities.

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Advancing Results through Case Managers

Case managers are a central component of Promise Neighborhoods, a US Department of Education–funded grant program that provides cradle-to-career services and supports to marginalized young people and families. This brief explores the role of case managers, who coordinate delivery of services and...

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Taking Promise Neighborhoods to the State Level: Lessons from California and Minnesota

This brief highlights Promise Neighborhoods grantees that are developing partnerships to extend their impact beyond their neighborhoods to the state level. We explore how partnerships in California and Minnesota have established shared goals, invested their time and resources to achieve their goals...

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Promoting Sustainability for Promise Neighborhood Grantees: Understanding Needs and Strategies

This brief summarizes findings and recommendations from a needs assessment undertaken to help Promise Neighborhood grantees and their technical assistance partners understand how the sites are approaching sustainability. We also review the financial landscape of Promise Neighborhood grantees.

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Sharing Results: A Guide for Communicating Promise Neighborhoods Outcomes to Diverse Audiences

This guide is designed for project teams working on place-based initiatives as a resource for establishing a communications strategy and developing compelling stories about their work. It offers a useful framework for stakeholder engagement and an application of this framework to the Promise...

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Using Data to Make a Difference for Boston-area Students at Risk of Homelessness

This blog is a grantee spotlight on how a Boston area Promise Initiative uses data to promote academic success and to fight homelessness.

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Building a Culture of Results: A Guide to Emerging Practices in Promise Neighborhoods

The U.S. Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods program provides support to communities that are working to build cradle-to-career pipelines, also known as continuums of solutions, for their children and youth. While their specific strategies may vary, all Promise Neighborhoods are working...

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Maintaining and Expanding the Pipeline: Guidance, Strategies, and Reflections on Sustaining a Promise Neighborhood

This brief provides a framework and guiding questions to support Promise Neighorhoods in preparing for sustainability, with the approach that sustainability should be incorporated to overall strategy development. Highlights reflections, lessons, and strategies from multiple PN grantees geared...

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