Promise Neighborhoods, as defined in this proposed framework, is a federal initiative to help selected local communities dramatically improve the academic success for poor children. This paper presents a specific results-based focus for framing the long-term outcomes of the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. These results drive planning and design, start‐up activities, program implementation and evaluation, and place accountability for actually improving the well‐being of children and families at the center of the initiative.
Evaluation of Promise Neighborhoods will help on‐going, real time tracking of progress toward results.
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Federal investments will be used to build local capacity to implement a results‐based approach.
Using a results framework allows local communities to set targets for achievement. Targets make a clear statement about a community’s aims and ambitions to improve results for their children over a period of time.
No community should be expected to aim for or achieve all of the core results at the start, since they span a period of child development from early childhood to college graduation.
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We recommend that Promise Neighborhoods define and use a results framework that is anchored in four overarching results. These results are the central statements of what the initiative will achieve for children and families. They reflect a “pathway” or “pipeline” for children’s healthy development and academic success.
-Children are healthy and prepared for school entry -Children and youth are healthy and succeed in school -Youth graduate from high school and college, and -Families and neighborhoods support the healthy development, academic success, and well‐being of their children.
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