Results by Term: K-12 Academic Performance

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.

Maintaining and Expanding the Pipeline: Guidance, Strategies, and Reflections on Sustaining a Promise Neighborhood

Author: The Center for the Study of Social Policy | Year of Publication: 2017

This brief provides a framework and guiding questions to support Promise Neighborhoods in preparing for sustainability, with the approach that sustainability should be incorporated into overall strategy development.

Leveraging Policy Advocacy to Keep Students Healthy (GPRAs 8–9)

Author: Promise Neighborhoods Institute | Year of Publication: 2016

The capacity to leverage policy advocacy and systems change is critical to scaling up and sustaining efforts to ensure youth living in Promise Neighborhoods are healthy and connected to the necessary services and supports to prepare them for college and career success.

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Performance and School Attendance

Author: PolicyLink | Year of Publication: 2016

Exposure to a traumatic event places a young person at risk of a lower reading proficiency, a lower grade -point average, and more days of school absences. Throughout their lifetimes, many young students living in underserved communities will experience one or more traumatic events, putting them at risk of chronic absenteeism and lower academic proficiency. 

Using Data to Make a Difference for Boston-Area Students At Risk of Homelessness

Author: Mary Bogle, Katya Abazajian | Year of Publication: 2016

This Urban Wire blog post details how a Boston- area Promise Initiative used data to promote academic success and to fight homelessness.

Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods

Author: The Center for the Study of Social Policy | Year of Publication: 2016

This promising practices guide is a resource for Promise Neighborhoods as they work to improve postsecondary outcomes for students.

Using Data to Make a Difference for Boston-Area Students at Risk of Homelessness

Author: Urban Institute | Year of Publication: 2016

This blog entry is a grantee spotlight on how a Boston-area Promise Initiative uses data to promote academic success and fight homelessness.

Making Good on a Promise: Working to End Intergenerational Poverty in Kenilworth-Parkside

Author: Megan Gallagher, Brittany Murray, Maia Woluchem, Susan J. Popkin | Year of Publication: 2015

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is on a mission to end the cycle of intergenerational poverty in Kenilworth-Parkside, a geographically isolated community in Northeast Washington, DC. By partnering with local organizations to provide targeted, data-driven interventions to youth and parents, DCPNI is working to improve educational, economic, health, and socio-emotional outcomes within a community plagued by the effects of concentrated poverty.

Preparing and Fielding High-Quality Surveys: Practical Strategies for Successfully Implementing Neighborhood and School Climate Surveys in Promise Neighborhoods

Author: Kaitlin Franks Hildner, Elizabeth Oo, Peter A. Tatian | Year of Publication: 2015

This document builds on earlier guidance on preparing and administering surveys in chapter 7 of Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results. The document also expands on lessons learned from the experiences of Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees to provide practical guidance on how to prepare and manage high-quality neighborhood and school surveys. 

Continually Improving Promise Neighborhoods: The Role of Case Management Data

Author: Mary Bogle, Sarah Gillespie, Christopher Hayes | Year of Publication: 2015

This report summarizes how to review case management data in the context of a Promise Neighborhood’s strategy, particularly its theory of change and results framework. Although written based on experience gained working with Promise Neighborhoods, the guidance can be adapted to similar place-based and comprehensive change efforts.