When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline

Overview

Describes three dozen strategies communities can use to reclaim foreclosed properties, encourage positive reinvestment, and stabilize their neighborhoods and also details how many of these approaches are already at work in Minnesota and across the country.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities - Expanded Version

Overview

Helps advocates, policymakers, community-based organizations, residents, and other stakeholders replicate and create successful models for ensuring that all communities have access to healthy food and the wide range of benefits it brings.

Access to Healthy Food - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Focuses on four tools -- Grocery Store Dev., Corner Stores, Farmers Markets, and Urban Ag. and Community Gardens -- that help communities increase their access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. (2011)

Corner Stores - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Offers residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. (2011)

Farmers Market - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Details the challenges associated with starting and sustaining farmers' markets in low-income communities of color, as well as some of the successful strategies that have been used to overcome those challenges. (2011)

Grocery Stores - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Highlights a number of innovative strategies to help address the food access challenges and provides guidance for attracting fresh food retail into underserved communities. (2011)

Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Addresses urban agriculture efforts focused on serving low-income communities and communities of color. Shows how projects can improve access to healthy, affordable food for low-income communities and improve residents' health. (2011)

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

Overview

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Partnership: Partnership Requirements, Principles, and Accountabilities

Overview

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 active role in decisionmaking
  •  Successful when the lead agency creates and sustains an environment of trust and ensures collective accountability for specific desired results

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Arlene Lee, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Kate Shoemaker, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Latasha Morgan, Director of After School Programs, Harlem Children’s Zone

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

Overview

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 the lead agency and across partners for successful management

Host:

  • Bill Shepardson, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Theresa Fujiwara, Strategy & Policy Advisor at the White Center Community Development Association and former Making Connections site liaison, 
  • Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Operating Officer, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Erica Terrell, Program Director, Harlem Children’s Zone

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

Overview

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 birth to young adulthood, and occurs across multiple settings where children learn.

Host:

  • Kay Fernandez Smith, PolicyLink

Guests:

  • Sarah Jonas, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools
  • Marlene Fox, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Kaaryn Nailor, Harlem Children’s Zone

Community Engagement: Developing Leadership Capacity Within the Community

Overview

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 Ahsan, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Marlene Fox, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Kaaryn Nailor, Harlem Children’s Zone

Finance & Sustainability: Program Financing for Sustainability

Overview

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 gaps
  • Assessing and prioritizing potential federal, state, local and private funding opportunities

Host:

  • Michael McAfee, Promise Neighborhoods Institute

Guests:

  • Cheri Hayes, The Finance Project
  • Debbie Kim, Harlem Children’s Zone

Finance & Sustainability: Program Growth and Development

Overview

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, presents costs in different ways (e.g., by result area, intervention, cost per participant, etc.) and estimates short and long term funding gaps

Host:

  • Kate Shoemaker, Harlem Children's Zone

Guests:

  • Michael Etzel, Bridgespan
  • Tracey K. Costello, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Margo Wright, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Lauren Scopaz, Harlem Children’s Zone

Data: Gathering and Using Data for Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis

Overview

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

Data: Designing a Longitudinal Data System

Overview

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 Counsel 

  • Jon Neiditz, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

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

Overview

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 success.

Host:

  • Betina Jean-Louis, Director, Evaluation, Harlem Children's Zone

Guests:

  • Shana Brodnax, Senior Manager, Early Childhood Programs, Harlem Children's Zone
  • Sebastian Schreiner, Former Data and Evaluation Coordinator, Making Connections San Antonio

Data: Results-Driven Partnerships with Traditional Public Schools

Overview

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about how schools, school districts and partners.

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Bill Shepardson, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Jazmine Lewis, Program Director, The Harlem Children’s Zone

I Promise Video Campaign - Jean Kennedy

Overview

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.

I Promise Video Campaign - Dana Richardson

Overview

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.

A Guide to Setting Up Congressional Site Visits

Overview

This guide outlines the process for undertaking a site visit with your Senators and Representatives to show them the good work of your Promise Neighborhood.

Opportunity-Rich Schools and Sustainable Communities

Overview

This document, created by the Urban Institute, explores seven steps to align high-quality education with innovations in city and metropolitan planning and development.

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.

Building a Promise Neighborhood: Selecting a School

Overview

Building high-performing schools lies at the core of the Promise Neighborhoods vision. Strong schools are an essential component of the interventions to improve the outcomes of children in distressed community. 

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

Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians: Policies that Prepare the Workforce for Middle-Skill Infrastructure Jobs

Overview

Examines the growing demand for "middle-skill" jobs, highlights job opportunity expansion programs, examines challenges facing low-income people and communities of color, and offers recommendations to help California improve its community college system.

The New Orleans Index at Five: Reviewing Key Reforms After Hurricane Katrina

Overview

Describes promising equity- and community-driven developments, identifies the history of the challenge by outlining key trends in housing and community development, and describes the rise of strong community-based groups that are working to revive key neighborhoods.

Expanding Opportunity: Employing the Formerly Incarcerated in the Green Economy

Overview

Provides information to enable efficient and equitable hiring of people with criminal records using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds; also provides a resource for community organizations and advocates working to promote fair opportunities for people with criminal records within the emerging green sector.

The President's 2011 Budget: Creating Communities of Opportunity

Overview

Analyzes the 2011 budget in the context of three broad approaches: making all neighborhoods stable, healthy and livable; linking people to opportunities; and enabling all to live near regional opportunity.

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

Overview

Presents the most comprehensive review of studies of Health Equity and Place and its impacts -- 132 studies conducted in the United States in the past 20 years.

The 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

Overview

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

High Action, High Alignment

Overview

Aligned contributions occur when leaders work together to take effective action that is complementary, mutually supportive, and leveraged to produce measurable improvement in a result. [Authors: Jolie Bain Pillsbury and Raj Chawla]

2010 How to Apply Guide

Overview

This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application or the 2010 Promise Neighborhoods planning grant andunderstand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.

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.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

Overview

Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

Promise Neighborhoods: A Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Opportunity for All Children

Overview

This is a good example of a fact sheet to include with materials about your Promise Neighborhood to show funders, politicians, and stakeholders.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

Overview

Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

The Promise of a Healthy California: Overcoming the Barriers for Men and Boys of Color

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Looks at the context of California's systemic failures, details lessons gleaned from research, explores the process for developing public will for change, argues for place-based solutions, highlights successful practices, and makes recommendations for policy change and intervention.

An Engine of Opportunity: A User's Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

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This report by PolicyLink and the Transportation Equity Network, provides a roadmap for advocates to ensure stimulus-funded public transportation projects bring hope and economic opportunity to millions of Americans hit “first and worstâ€ù by the economic downturn. The report shows advocates how they can push local, state, and federal leaders to make fair and just transportation investments in low-income communities and communities of color.

Inclusion in the Workforce: Positioning the Pittsburgh Region to Prosper and Compete

Overview

Analyzes racial disparities in employment in the Pittsburgh region, reviews the critical role that a diverse workforce plays in improving economic competitiveness, and features numerous recommendations on how the Pittsburgh region can work to remove structural and attitudinal barriers to reduce its racial employment disparity.

Healthy Food For All: Building Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems in Detroit and Oakland

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Shows that although our food system is unhealthy and unsustainable, successes driven by residents and advocates are cropping up  -- proving that the movement for equitable access to healthy food is gaining strength every day.

Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research

Overview

Details the intersection of transportation, equity, and health, covering topics from public transportation, walking and bicycling, to safety and economic development, and highlights key policy solutions and provides background on the federal surface transportation policy.

The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform

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Provides key policy and program recommendations that can improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities, create economic opportunity, and enhance environmental quality.

Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User's Guide to the 2009 America Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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This report, produced with Green for All, offers tangible, up-to-date information and ideas for using and securing recovery dollars to help expand opportunity in low-income communities and communities of color. The guide is a first step in what will be a vital nationwide effort to ensure the recovery package helps all communities rise stronger than ever from this economic crisis, and that community-based organizations are at the forefront in crafting a green, equitable recovery.

Foreclosed Properties - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Use this tool to steer neighborhoods back to sustainable recovery after foreclosure processes are well underway. (2009)

All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy

Overview

Provides a framework of principles, describes the work and ideas of key players, and captures the important policy solutions that should be included in the upcoming federal authorization legislation.

Results and Indicators for Children: An Analysis to Inform Discussions About Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

This paper, produced by ChildTrends and commissioned by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, explores indicators and results to help focus Promise Neighborhood efforts on the healthy development and education of children.

Focusing on Results in Promise Neighborhoods: Recommendations for the Federal Initiative

Overview

Created by the Harlem Children’s Zone, PolicyLink, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, with contributions by Child Trends, this document was released at the “Changing the Odds” conference in 2009 to advance the discussion about how a focus on results would contribute to the federal initiative.

Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework

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Reports information that contributes to a deeper understanding of climate change issues, considers the equity consequences and implications associated with global warming, and provides resource guides that identify additional sources of information.

Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research: Ten Case Studies

Overview

This document explores 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy. These case studies offer a window into the world of community, health department, and academic partnerships throughout the nation that are working to change policy to improve community health, reduce disparities, and foster equity. The report draws on data from dozens of in-depth interviews with partnership members, community focus groups, and policymakers.

To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities

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The report offers a vision and an action agenda for ensuring that smaller industrial cities take their rightful places within America's diverse and healthy metropolitan regions.

Breathing Easy from Home to School: Fighting the Environmental Triggers of Childhood Asthma

Overview

Offers a blueprint for what we all can do to make our children’s air safer and healthier; provides policy recommendations and effective strategies for reducing community factors that contribute to asthma development and that spark asthma attacks.

Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes

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Examines the correlation between the health of nearly 40,000 Californians and the mix of retail food outlets near their homes finding that people living in neighborhoods crowded with fast-food and convenience stores but relatively few grocery or produce outlets are at significantly higher risk of suffering from obesity and diabetes.

Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems

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Describes how pioneering organizations and partnerships are turning robust, integrated parcel data systems into powerful tools for guiding community change, such as monitoring and preserving affordable housing and planning commercial district revitalization.

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