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Tools | 2015

PNI Peer Learning Tool

This “Peer Learning Tool” is intended to briefly highlight examples of promising solutions for achieving the Promise Neighborhoods results, as well as the competencies needed to implement them effectively and sustain the work over time, that were taken from communities utilizing the Promise Neighborhoods approach who were willing to share their experiences with their colleagues.

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Categories: Family Engagement
Tools | 2015

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

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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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Categories: Capacity Building
Tools | 2012

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

Created on behalf of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink by Frontline Solutions and BCT Partners, this tool is specifically designed for organizations in Promise Neighborhoods to help craft realistic visions and budgets for the back-office needs of managing their work. This tool provides adaptable guidance to better estimate staffing and financial needs during the three- to...

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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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