This brief describes key research questions to keep in mind when evaluating community development efforts. The author further reviews how different evaluation approaches – from performance management and process study to experimental design and theory of change – can address core components of evaluating Promise and Choice Neighborhoods. 

March 1, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What are Choice Neighborhoods

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    What are Promise Neighborhoods

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    What research questions are relevant to evaluating Choice and Promise Neighborhoods

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    Given the many different approaches to program evaluation, what strategies apply to Choice and Promise Neighborhoods

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    Four key components of an effective evaluation strategy for community initiatives

Key Takeaway

Evaluating Choice and Promise Neighborhoods

Creating change or transforming neighborhoods is the main goal of most comprehensive community development efforts. Evaluations of such initiatives must balance the desire for rigorous causal evidence with political, economic and methodological realities.

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