Data Security and Confidentiality

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.

Resources for Place-Based Initiatives

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.

Promise Neighborhoods Restricted-Use Data Files: Technical Specification and Requirements

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.

Some Considerations Pertinent to a Promise Neighborhoods National Evaluation

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.

Promise Neighborhoods Program: Planning 2012 Grant-Writing Guide

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.