Promoting Postsecondary Educational Success in the Promise Neighborhood

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


Overviews the Promise Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to create a comprehensive pipeline of educational and community supports to make certain that children reach their full potential.

HUSD's PARK State Preschool Full Inclusion Co-Teaching Program 2014-15 DRDP Results

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results


This six-step guide, produced by Bridgespan, can help you and your organization create a path to implementation. It provides strategies and tools nonprofits can use to implement their strategic plans in an effort to achieve impact year after year.

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.

Every Student Succeeds Act


The Every Student Succeeds Act is slated to replace No Child Left Behind as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Section 4624 of the Every Student Succeeds Act ("the Act") authorizes the Promise Neighborhoods program. This brief summarizes the Promise Neighborhoods activities that are authorized under the Act.

What’s Needed to Build a Results Oriented Case Management Data System

PolicyLink’s Equity Summit 2015 Promise Neighborhoods Institute Results-Based Leadership

Using Performance Targets to Drive Results: Asking the Right Questions

Connecting Young Children to a Medical Home


A webinar hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, provides an overview of the importance of a medical home and strategies that Promise Neighborhoods are using to connect young children to a medical home.

Building Place-Based Initiatives for Boys and Men of Color and Vulnerable Populations: A Community Planning Guide


This guide provides information about how communities can implement the next phase of achieving priority outcomes for boys and men of color. It focuses on two critical areas of work: 1) how to conduct a policy review and formulate recommendations for action and 2) how to develop an action plan. The sections contain specific guidelines for taking these next steps. In addition, the appendices include a template for organizing the policy review and suggested components of the action plan.

Promoting Academic Proficiency in Promise Neighborhoods


Academic achievement is vital to children's educational attainment and economic well-being. Please join the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink for a webinar lifting up best-practices and approaches to improve academic proficiency rates in Promise Neighborhoods communities (GPRA 4). We'll hear from the following experts: 
- Sherry Taubert, Project Director, Berea Promise Neighborhood 
- Christina Theokas, PhD, Director of Research, Education Trust

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.

Transforming West Oakland


The first of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first case study provides an overview of the organization, offers a historical context of its development, and outlines critical factors that contributed to its existing infrastructure and framework of local ownership. 

View the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace, and read this blog post by Dana Harvey, executive director at Mandela MarketPlace.

Read the second case study, Cultivating Equitable Food-Oriented Development: Lessons from West Oakland, which explores how the Mandela ecosystem has grown and evolved, and the operations, inner workings, and relationships across its tightly woven network. View the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace, including a photo courtesy of Michael Short Photography.

Aligning for Impact: Connecting Promise Neighborhoods and the Cradle-to-Career Civic Infrastructure


The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and the Strive National Network collaborated to produce a white paper on strategies for aligning these two important education efforts in communities.

An Equity Profile of the San Francisco Bay Area Region (Summary)


The Bay Area is booming, but a rising tide economy is not lifting up its low-income communities and communities of color. As communities of color continue to drive growth and change in the region, addressing wide racial inequities and ensuring people of color can fully participate as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators is an urgent priority. Our analysis finds that the regional economy could have been $117 billion stronger in 2012 had its racial gaps in income and employment. This profile, produced for The San Francisco Foundation, describes the region’s demographic transformation and performance on a series of equity indicators. Download the full report.