Data intermediaries and backbone organizations, two types of place-based organizations, play a key role in helping their communities attain equitable outcomes, which they can do by building local data capacity, creating data-driven partnerships, and centering community voices.
Data Security and Confidentiality
A robust case management system is critical to tracking progress and improving outcomes for children and their families, along the cradle-to-career continuum.
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.
In this brief, we review resources that provide more information and guidance on the major steps discussed in the Urban Institute brief “Six Steps to Success:” (1) define a set of indicators through which to measure and report results; (2) select target populations and establish baseline population counts and penetration rates; (3)align evidence-based programs to indicators and target populations; (4) inventory available data and decide what original data collection is necessary; (5) establish an appropriate data system; and (6) collect and report on indicators.
A consensus is growing among funders and practitioners that effective performance measurement is essential to improving the results of community change efforts. Gathering and using performance data can be a daunting task, however, particularly for place-based initiatives that engage multiple service providers and aspire to bring about population-level change.
The Promise Neighborhoods restricted-use data files (RUDF) will contain individual-level and summary data on Promise Neighborhoods programs and participants. The RUDF will be created by the Urban Institute for the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) from data collected by Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees through surveys, case management systems, and administrative sources.
Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results
This guidance document is designed to provide clarity on the U.S. Department of Education’s required Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) indicators. Promise Neighborhood implementation grantees must report on these measures as one of the requirements of their federal funding. In addition, this document recommends data collection strategies, sources, and methods for the Promise Neighborhood community at large, including the collection and tracking of demographic, family, and service delivery characteristics.
This document describes some of the key issues to be considered in undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the performance and impact of the Promise Neighborhoods grantees at large. It provides the perspective of organizations who are working at the corner of evaluation and practice—seeking to improve the outcomes for poor children and families and to understand the most effective ways of measuring results.
This fact sheet provides frequently asked questions and answers for using partnerships for effective implementation and long-term sustainability of PNs. It provides examples from communities where partnerships have helped communities succeed.
This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant (CFDA Number 84.215P) and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity. The Department of Education plans to award up to 14 planning grants of up to $500,000 each.