In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and...| More >
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...| More >
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.| More >
Know Your Message: A Guide to Media and Communications from the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink
Download our guide to media and communications, with helpful talking points for talking to funders, the media, residents, and community groups about your Promise Neighborhood effort.| More >
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...| More >
Community of Practice: Turning the Curve on Early Childhood Indicators and Early Lessons Learned About Implementation
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink maintains a robust community of practice of sites using the Promise Neighborhoods model to improve outcomes for children and families.
The powerpoint comes from the convening of Promise Neighborhoods implementation sites in Baltimore, MD April 18-19, 2013| More >
This tool helps a community determine its readiness for expanded learning in four areas: Leadership, Capacity, Sustainability, and Data Systems.| More >
This video and brief show how one school and its community partner braid and blend numerous funding sources to create a single budget that supports a longer, seamless learning day for students.| More >
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...| More >
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...| More >
This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grant and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.| More >
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 and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.| More >
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...| More >
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...| More >
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.| More >
Capacity-Building Toolkit Spreadsheet: 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 accompanying back-office capacity-building spreadsheet was developed to be a simple, straight-forward tool that organizations can utilize to plan for their administrative staffing needs.| More >
Race to the Top District-Level Funding – Partnering with STRIVE and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink
Race to the Top - District Funding partnering with STRIVE and Promise Neighborhoods Institute.| More >
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...