Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data

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, 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.

Creating the Foundation to Accelerate Results for Black Males

This document is Part I of a series of papers developed to help communities promote black male achievement in their neighborhoods. Part I provides a results-based framework for Promise Neighborhoods to systematically evaluate and respond to the particular needs of black male children in the community. Subsequent papers will offer programmatic and policy solutions that Promise Neighborhoods can employ within this framework to sustain and enhance their impact on this population.

Choosing a Data System for your Promise Neighborhood

In order to build a strong Promise Neighborhood and be well-positioned to seek funding and demonstrate success, communities should incorporate a robust data collection and evaluation plan into their work. Those seeking federal funding will need to meet Department of Education requirements, but we highly recommend that all communities use a comprehensive data system to collect and organize data, and help inform decision-making.