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Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
9:30am-12:30pm ET
Columbus Club at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

2/4 EVENT ADVISORY: Key Obama Admin Leaders Talk Poverty with PolicyLink

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, February 4, PolicyLink will host “Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty.”  PolicyLink Founder and...

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Webinars | 2014

Webinar - Youth, Family, and Community Engagement in Promise Neighborhoods

This webinar features best-practices and effective strategies Promise Neighborhoods are using to promote the age-appropriate functioning of young children in their communities. In doing so, this webinar aims to equip Promise Neighborhoods and other community leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources to turn the curve on the baseline indicator for GPRA 2: the number and percentage of...

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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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Part I: Creating the Foundation to Accelerate Results for Black Males

Part I is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods systematically identify and address barriers to improve the outcomes of black male children in their communities. It offers step-by-step instructions for assessing their needs and recommends a results-based framework for using this information to make a positive impact in their lives, from cradle to college to career. In doing so, this document...

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Categories: Early Learning

Early Childhood Solutions in Promise Neighborhoods

This paper describes the early childhood solutions that the five 2011 Promise Neighborhoods implementation sites put in place in the first year of their five-year grants. This brief is part of a series, Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs, which provides guidance on aspects of Promise Neighborhoods.

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The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives

This publication from PolicyLink, the Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership, and the West Coast Collaborative, and authored by William R. Potapchuk, demonstrates that community schools offer a powerful vision and strategy for what schools should look like within broader place-based initiatives and how community schools can benefit from alignment with other...

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Guidance Document

The Urban Institute’s document, Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results, provides comprehensive guidance on data collection strategies, sources, and methods for the field, as well as important clarity around the US Department of Education’s required indicators for Promise Neighborhoods sites.

This document is key to the...

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Categories: Communications

Improving Media Coverage and Public Perceptions of African-American Men and Boys

The Opportunity Agenda crafted messaging advice for changing media coverage and public perceptions of African-American men and boys based on existing research and years of work at the intersection of media, communications and racial justice.

This memo is intended to assist those working to reduce stereotypes and expand opportunity for black males as well as those concerned with journalistic...

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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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Successful Research Collaborations: Rules of Engagement for Community-based Organizations

This paper aims to provide guidelines for CBOs, and in particular Promise Neighborhood lead organizations, to consider when working with external evaluators and researchers. At the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®), we have learned many lessons over more than 30 years of collaborating with researchers. In this paper, we offer our perspective to other CBOs, in an attempt to share the knowledge we...

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2012

Maximizing the Results Scorecard

Designed by Clear Impact and based on the principles of Mark Friedman's Results-Based Accountability™ framework, the Results Scorecard™ helps Promise Neighborhoods leaders to collaborate, make data-driven decisions, and align the performance of their programs and initiatives with the impact that they create in the community. 

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I Promise Video Campaign - Dana Richardson

What’s your vision of a Promise Neighborhood? What’s your personal promise to make that vision a reality? We asked these questions to people just like you for the "I Promise" Video Campaign. The responses we heard were moving and inspirational. Listen to the promises they shared -- and consider what you can do to help make your community a Promise Neighborhood.

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I Promise Video Campaign - Jean Kennedy

What’s your vision of a Promise Neighborhood? What’s your personal promise to make that vision a reality? We asked these questions to people just like you for the "I Promise" Video Campaign. The responses we heard were moving and inspirational. Listen to the promises they shared -- and consider what you can do to help make your community a Promise Neighborhood.

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Data: Using Data for Planning, Implementation, and Community Accountability

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about using data for program improvement, building capacity to increase accountability in a diverse community collaborative and results-based accountability that helps leaders and organizations plan; choose realistic, goals; implement effective strategies; and identify clear benchmarks by which to measure...

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Data: Designing a Longitudinal Data System

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about a model to developing a platform for community data sharing and use Strategies for Addressing FERPA and HIPAA when designing a longitudinal data system

Host:

  • Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

Guests:

  • Vanessa Bekkouche-Samuelson, Information Coordinator, The Providence Plan
  • Steve Winnick, Attorney, Education...
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Data: Gathering and Using Data for Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn howNavigate collecting data for the Promise Neighborhoods indicators Better understand needs assessment and segmentation analysis

Host:

  • Frank Farrow, The Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Jennifer Comey, Urban Institute
  • Steve Spiker, Urban Strategies Council
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Finance & Sustainability: Program Growth and Development

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to create a strategic business plan that is clear about how many children and families must be served over time to achieve desired results, based on a set of assumptions about how interventions will be expanded over time, estimates naturally escalating and new programs costs for staff and infrastructure,...

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Finance & Sustainability: Program Financing for Sustainability

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to develop a strategic financing plan to sustain your community's work and increase its impact:

  • Understanding the array of resources that need to be mobilized for sustainability
  • Develop clarity on what you want to sustain and the costs involved
  • Mapping and analyzing current funding and identify...
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Webinars | 2011

Community Engagement: Developing Leadership Capacity Within the Community

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to to engage residents and develop community leaders, know best what’s needed in the community, lend legitimacy and credibility to local efforts, have staying power, have important strengths to contribute and can help hold parties accountable for results.

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Nilofer...
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Webinars | 2011

Community Engagement: Strategic Ways to Engage the Community: Working with Families and Communities to Improve Outcomes for Children

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about how family and community engagement in education is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community organizations engage families in meaningful ways, and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development is effective when it is continuous from...

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Webinars | 2011

Partnership: Partnership Day-to-day Management and Decision-making

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about

  • Management structures, processes and tools useful in working with partners
  • Aligning multiple components: managing complex interactions within and across organizations and communities, and using what you learn to adapt and refine your approach
  • Creating a culture of performance and accountability within...
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Webinars | 2011

Partnership: Partnership Requirements, Principles, and Accountabilities

You'll gain a deeper understanding of partnerships as:

  • Existing along a continuum that runs from holding maximum control within the lead agency to more shared decisionmaking
  • Including everything from informal, emerging collaborative efforts all the way to sophisticated, mature, formalized bodies
  • Representative of the community, include a wide range of voices, and enable residents to have an...
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