Beyond Lessons In The Field: Creating and Sustaining Partnerships in Promise Neighborhoods


A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

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.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide


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.

Part II: Ensuring Black Males are Successful Early Readers


Part II provides best practices, tools, and resources to support black boys, from birth through third grade, to become successful early readers. In total, this series comprises a guide that is geared toward using the Promise Neighborhoods model to coordinate educational, health, and community supports to help children succeed from the cradle to college to career.

Part I: Creating the Foundation to Accelerate Results for Black Males


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 describes how to build the infrastructure to plan and implement targeted interventions for children who need them most.

Collective Impact in Action: Improving Results for Children from Cradle to Career


At PNI, we believe that the problems of distressed communities are complex; and that the solutions must match this complexity. In order to turn a curve on the 10 results and 15 indicators, each indicator must have the appropriate mix of solutions that include families, programs, policies and systems changes.

PNI Peer Learning Tool


This “Peer Learning Tool” is intended to briefly highlight examples of promising solutions for achieving the Promise Neighborhoods results, as well as the competencies needed to implement them effectively and sustain the work over time, that were taken from communities utilizing the Promise Neighborhoods approach who were willing to share their experiences with their colleagues.

The tool is organized in two parts: one including promising practices related to the Promise Neighborhoods results and associated indicators, and another describing efforts to build the competencies necessary to achieve better results and scale the work over time. For a given result area or competency there is an entry that includes a brief description of the efforts of one or more Promise Neighborhoods in that area as well as a contact person who can be reached to learn additional details.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood


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.

February 2015

An Equity Profile of the Cape Fear Region


The Cape Fear region in North Carolina is experiencing a demographic transformation characterized by a diversifying younger population and a rapidly growing senior population that is predominantly White. To secure a thriving economy for the decades to come, the region must tap the economic potential of its growing young population. Building education and career pathways for all and ensuring young workers are prepared for the jobs of the future are key strategies for inclusive growth in the region. Download the profile and summary.

Media: Community, Business Leaders Discuss Inequalities and Growth ( 

WEBINAR-Funding Your Healthy Food Project with USDA Resources


As a nation, we must foster a food system that ensures urban and rural communities have access to fresh and healthy foods; small and mid-size farmers can produce and market food in an economically and sustainable manner; and consumers have the resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.
This webinar introduces the audience to several programs at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provide examples of how USDA funding is being tapped to improve access to healthy foods and support local food system development in low-income urban communities.