The Promise Neighborhoods Training and Technical Assistance team, the U.S. Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods grantees, and key technical assistance partners have produced written guidance, tools, and videos about how to launch and manage a successful cradle-to-career pipeline of solutions and strategies for early learners, students, and families in economically distressed communities. Resources appear in the order they were added with the most recent additions first.

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Sustaining a Promise Neighborhood

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COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Promise Neighborhoods 2020-2022

Author: Jillian Spindle and Lori Nathanson | Year of Publication: 2023

A Promise Neighborhood is a place-based, collective impact approach to improving results for children and families. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Promise Neighborhoods were uniquely positioned to provide on-the-ground community response. They were partners to government, philanthropies, businesses, and community institutions in reaching students, parents, and neighbors with essential emergency services and vital information. This paper explores Promise Neighborhoods’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrates that investing in Promise Neighborhoods produces more than academic results; it ensures critical community infrastructure is available during times of crisis.

Community Engagement Family Supports Financial Security Health and Wellbeing K-12 Academic Performance Parent and Community Engagement Policy & Systems Program Delivery/Partners

Expanding Data Use to Support More Effective Post-High School Transitions: Measuring Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods

Author: Sonia Torres Rodríguez and Elizabeth Burton | Year of Publication: 2022

This brief focuses on Promise Neighborhood grantees that collect and report data on high school graduates who obtain a postsecondary degree, certification, or credential. It also explores strategies to assess the employment outcomes of youth in Promise Neighborhoods. The brief includes guidance and best practices on expanding data use and capacity for Promise Neighborhood grantees and peers to improve their measurement of postsecondary engagement and success.

Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data Post-Secondary Success Data Collection

Building the Cradle in a Cradle-to-Career Initiative: Three Opportunities for Promise Neighborhoods to Promote Kindergarten Readiness

Author: Megan Gallagher and Shubhangi Kumari | Year of Publication: 2022

Early care and education (ECE) programs are crucial for positive educational and developmental outcomes of children. This brief provides a framework to support Promise Neighborhoods’ ECE work, specifically preparing young children for school in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Collection Community Engagement Early Childhood Education Family Supports

Promise Neighborhoods as a Platform for Advancing Racial Equity

Author: Anand Sharma | Year of Publication: 2021

Leaders of Promise Neighborhoods and similar place-based initiatives must work to address racial disparities if they are to improve and sustain positive and equitable outcomes for children and young people on a large scale. This brief argues that Promise Neighborhoods, and similarly structured initiatives, are uniquely positioned to serve as a platform—or launching point—for advancing racial equity. 

Community Engagement Parent and Community Engagement Policy & Systems Program Delivery/Partners Staffing, Organization & Leadership Family Supports

Using Collective Impact to Drive Greater Postsecondary and Career Success

Author: Dan Duncan | Year of Publication: 2021

Promise Neighborhoods is a cradle-to-career initiative dedicated to building supports that can help ensure educational and career success for all neighborhood youth. One of the program’s goals is to make sure high school graduates obtain a postsecondary degree, certificate, or credential. This brief offers five collective impact strategies for Promise Neighborhood grantees to drive greater postsecondary results.

Community Engagement Parent and Community Engagement

Framing Communications to Drive Social Change

Author: Emily Peiffer, Megan Gallagher | Year of Publication: 2021

Framing is a crucial part of storytelling in all communications—from social media posts to long-form articles to funder presentations. Framing can determine how audiences interpret a message and whether the product achieves its goal. This brief summarizes a course presented by the FrameWorks Institute in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the Urban Institute, as part of the Promise Neighborhoods federal training and technical assistance support. The course explores how the right framing can encourage audiences to understand the systemic causes of and solutions to social problems.

Community Engagement

Local Data as an Equity Tool

Author: Fay Walker, Sonia Torres Rodríguez, Mica O'Brien | Year of Publication: 2021

Data intermediaries and backbone organizations, two types of place-based organizations, play a key role in helping their communities attain equitable outcomes by building local data capacity, creating data-driven partnerships, and centering community voices.

Data Collection Data Management Systems Data Security and Confidentiality

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.

Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data Early Childhood Education Family Supports

Introduction to Data Quality: A Guide for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Reliable Information to Drive Programming and Measure Results

Author: Peter Tatian with Benny Docter and Macy Rainer | Year of Publication: 2020

This brief provides a basic overview of data quality management principles and practices that Promise Neighborhoods and other community-based initiatives can apply to their work. It also presents examples of data quality practices Promise Neighborhoods have implemented. The target audiences are people who collect and manage data within their Promise Neighborhood (whether directly or through partner organizations) and people who need to use those data to make decisions, such as program staff and leadership.

Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data Data Collection

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

Author: Alyse D. Oneto and Megan Gallagher | Year of Publication: 2020

This brief highlights Promise Neighborhoods grantees that are developing partnerships to extend their impact beyond their neighborhoods to the state level. The brief explores how partnerships in California and Minnesota have established shared goals, invested their time and resources to achieve their goals, and engaged with new stakeholders to build a broader coalition.

Community Engagement Policy & Systems Program Delivery/Partners Staffing, Organization & Leadership