AFH Roles Matrix

Overview

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.

This is not meant to be a checklist, but rather a tool for brainstorming potential stakeholders that will amplify the success of the AFH. Keep in mind that not every HUD program participant will need to include all of these players; however, many may play a vital role in ensuring better AFH outcomes, which leads to increased access to opportunity for historically marginalized communities.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

Overview

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.

Technical Assistance Self-Assessment Tool

Overview

This self-assessment tool contains several categories and, within each category, a set of statements communities can use to assess their current plans and capacity for developing a strong Promise Neighborhood implementation plan.

Preparing and Fielding High-Quality Surveys

Overview

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.

Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader

Overview

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.

Creating the Container to Achieve Results

Overview

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. 

Action Commitment Form

Overview

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.

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

Overview

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 five-year implementation grant period and beyond.

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

Overview

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.

Media Toolkit

Overview

Use this toolkit to develop a strategic plan to tell compelling stories, engage with media, incorporate results-based accountability, write op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog posts, and create a social media plan.

Sustaining Community Revitalization: A Tool for Preparing Budgets for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

Overview

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

Overview

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.

Cradle to Career Directions

Overview

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 with each Promise Neighborhood GPRA. Both templates are built around core pieces of your work: population results, baselines and targets, continua of solutions (families, programs, policies, and systems), partners, and funding. Through these complimentary templates, you will be able to provide an overview of your results-driven cradle-to-career system, while simultaneously providing specific, in depth snapshots of each indicator – and especially the level of flexible funding that is necessary to maintain and scale each deep layer of your work.

Cradle to Career Templates

Overview

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 with each Promise Neighborhood GPRA. Both templates are built around core pieces of your work: population results, baselines and targets, continua of solutions (families, programs, policies, and systems), partners, and funding. Through these complimentary templates, you will be able to provide an overview of your results-driven cradle-to-career system, while simultaneously providing specific, in depth snapshots of each indicator – and especially the level of flexible funding that is necessary to maintain and scale each deep layer of your work.

Finance Project Toolkit - Budget Worksheets for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

Overview

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.

  • Budget Worksheets for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

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

Overview

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

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

Overview

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

Using Critical Incidents to Build Leadership Competence

Overview

A critical incident is an event in which a leader attempted to address a challenge and things did not turn out as planned. This tool from Raj Chawla and Jolie Bain Pillsbury shows how critical incident analysis can help leaders see things in a new way and try something new.

Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough

Overview

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 Promise Neighborhoods results, measure the success of their strategies and utilize these measurements to improve performance, and move into highly aligned action to execute a cradle-to-career continuum of services and supports. 

Promise Neighborhoods Media Toolkit

Overview

Use this toolkit to develop a strategic plan to tell compelling stories, engage with media, incorporate results-based accountability, write op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog posts, and create a social media plan. Click here for template.