Program Delivery/Partners

Promise Neighborhoods as a Platform for Advancing Racial Equity

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.

Supporting Place-Based Initiatives: Data-Driven Promise in the District of Columbia

NeighborhoodInfo DC supports the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and is a partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a peer-learning network operated by the Urban Institute. DCPNI leveraged the neighborhood information NeighborhoodInfo DC staff had complied and analyzed to inform their planning efforts. NeighborhoodInfo DC participated in working groups and shared data on crime, education, and early childhood that highlighted important issues and drove the formation of program strategies.

Successful Research Collaborations: Rules of Engagement For Community-Based Organizations

Community-based organizations are frequently asked to provide evidence of their organizational effectiveness. Both private and public funders increasingly want proof that their dollars are producing the desired outcomes. As such, many non-profits and community-based organizations have embraced this data-driven approach and are finding that it has broader uses as well: as they begin to understand “what works,” they save time and money by choosing or keeping in place only the most effective and rigorously evaluated strategies that produce the strongest outcomes.

Integrating Family Financial Security into Cradle-to-Career Pipelines: Learning Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods

With support from Citi Foundation, PolicyLink and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) joined forces with five PNI communities (Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; Chula Vista, California; Orlando, Florida; and Indianola, Mississippi) to design and carry out strategies for embedding financial security into their pipelines of supports. The collaborative effort set out to embed the concepts of budgeting, emergency savings, saving for college, credit access, into existing PNI programs.