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Tools | Urban Institute | 2015

Preparing and Fielding High-Quality Surveys

This brief was written to help Promise Neighborhoods—and other community-based efforts—in planning, managing, and documenting their neighborhood and school surveys. It draws upon industry best practices, as well as examples from Promise Neighborhood grantees, on how to address many of the challenges faced when trying to implement quality surveys that will produce reliable data on communities.

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Tools | 2015

Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader

Authored by Mark Friedman, “Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader” is a companion resource to “Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough.” Promise Neighborhoods can use this resource to strengthen their capacity to: implement a Results-Based Accountability framework, use data to improve outcomes, and learn how to use Results-Based Accountability to achieve collective impact.

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Tools | 2014

Creating the Container to Achieve Results

Authored by Patton Stephens, this tool describes the stages involved in creating a container for results. Promise Neighborhoods can use a “container to achieve results” to accelerate their achievement of Promise Neighborhoods results, create a shared accountability to results, and increase partner buy-in. 

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Action Commitment Form

Developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a part of their Skills to Accelerate Results leadership development program, this simple form can be used by individual members of a partnership to commit to a priority action that they will take to accelerate an agreed-upon result.

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Tools | 2011

Finance Project Toolkit - Sustaining Community Revitalization: A Tool for Mapping Funds for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink commissioned these tools from the Finance Project in order to provide communities building Promise Neighborhoods with assistance in creating budgets and finance plans.

  • Sustaining Community Revitalization: A Tool for Mapping Funds for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives
    By Matthew H. Joseph and Lori Connors-Tadros
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Tools | 2011

Finance Project Toolkit - Sustaining Community Revitalization: A Tool for Preparing Budgets for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink commissioned these tools from the Finance Project in order to provide communities building Promise Neighborhoods with assistance in creating budgets and finance plans.

  • Sustaining Community Revitalization: A Tool for Preparing Budgets for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives
    By Laura Martinez and Jenifer Gager Holland

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Tools | 2011

Cradle to Career Templates

PNI has developed two templates to assist you in representing your cradle-to-career infrastructure and the results you are achieving for children because of it. We envision that this will be an especially useful tool for sustainability. This set of tools includes (1) an aggregate snapshot of your pipeline, and (2) a general template that will be used to dive deeply into results/work associated...

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Tools | 2011

Cradle to Career Directions

PNI has developed two templates to assist you in representing your cradle-to-career infrastructure and the results you are achieving for children because of it. We envision that this will be an especially useful tool for sustainability. This set of tools includes (1) an aggregate snapshot of your pipeline, and (2) a general template that will be used to dive deeply into results/work associated...

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Tools | 2006

Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough

Authored by Mark Friedman, “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough” details the Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) framework. Results-Based Accountability (RBA) is a disciplined, data-driven approach to move from talk to action and improve outcomes for children and families, at the local, regional, and national level. Promise Neighborhoods can use this approach to: accelerate their achievement of...

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