Staffing, Organization & Leadership

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.

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.

Service Coordination to Achieve Results in Promise Neighborhoods

This paper shares several key observations derived from the history and difficulty of coordinating services in past initiatives. First, service coordination that appropriately serves as a means to an end (improved results for children and families, in the case of Promise Neighborhoods) should flow from a strong, shared sense of the results to be achieved. Second, this requires an agreed upon set of results developed through a collaborative process that recognizes a shared responsibility and accountability.

Capacity-Building Toolkit Manual: Planning Back-Office Supports for Growing Promise Neighborhoods

This tool has been specifically designed for organizations in Promise Neighborhoods to help them craft realistic visions and budgets for the back-office needs of managing their work. Given the variety in how Promise Neighborhoods are structured organizationally, this back-office capacity may be distributed among several partners or centralized in a lead agency. As such, this tool provides guidance that each Promise Neighborhood can adapt to fit their model.

Technical Assistance Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment tool contains several categories and, within each category, a set of statements your community can use to assess your current plan and capacity for developing a strong Promise Neighborhood implementation plan. The results of this assessment will assist you in identifying your strengths, parts of the planning process that will be particularly challenging, and where you most need technical assistance to complete your plan.