Results by Term: Community Engagement

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Creating Lasting Change Through Community Leadership

Author: Katrina Ballard, Sara McTarnaghan, and Brittany Murray | Year of Publication: 2020

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

Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives

Author: Jessica Shakesprere, Mica O'Brien, and Eona Harrison | Year of Publication: 2020

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, enabling youth to take on decision-making responsibilities. Collective impact initiatives such as Promise Neighborhoods are well -positioned to meaningfully incorporate youth input and leadership in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

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

Author: AEM Corp. | Year of Publication: 2019

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 Neighborhoods context. The guide also includes a resource list with tools and references that readers can access to support the actions recommended throughout the guide.

Learn About Your Neighborhood: Uncover the Strengths and Challenges

Author: The Center for the Study of Social Policy | Year of Publication: 2018

This tool provides information to help individuals find the right people to include on neighborhood leadership teams and begin outreach in their communities.