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

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