Fact Sheet

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.

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.

Promise Neighborhood Target Setting Guidance

Promise Neighborhood implementation grantees are required to set and submit baselines, actual performance data, and targets for each GPRA indicator and for all five years of the grant program. While grantees were required to address targets in their applications, these targets were set before the Guidance Document was released and before complete baseline data was available at each site. This continuing guidance identifies several data sources, considerations, and methods sites may consider when setting targets.