Focusing on Results in Promise Neighborhoods

Recommendations for the Federal Initiative

By Harlen Children’s Zone;The Center for the Study of Social Policy, PolicyLink, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2010


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. 

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Key Takeaway

Evaluation of Promise Neighborhoods will help on‐going, real time tracking of progress toward results.

Results‐Based Accountability (RBA) is used as a framework for Promise Neighborhoods' initiative planning proposals.

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