PROJECTPromise Neighborhoods


Promise Neighborhoods is a federal place-based initiative striving to turn neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods of opportunity. The program’s vision is to ensure that all children growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong family and community support systems that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.

The Urban Institute plays multiple roles in supporting these important initiatives, including providing technical assistance to all grantees and supporting and documenting individual local initiatives.

National Technical Assistance

Under a contract with the US Department of Education, the Urban Institute provides technical assistance on programming, data collection, community outreach, and sustainability to Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees across the country. Urban’s technical assistance includes guidance on data collection strategies and data system structures to manage and produce measurable results, guidance on data security and confidentiality and data sharing practices, a national leadership conference and leadership training, site visits, webinars, and virtual peer-learning communities.

Urban annually assesses each grantee’s progress in achieving systems changes and producing measurable results and presents that information to the Department of Education.

Guidance Documents and Briefs

Features and Videos

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Local Technical Assistance

Independent of the charge from the US Department of Education, Urban Institute also supports and documents individual local initiatives. In some cases, Urban researchers provide direct data collection, performance management, and evaluation support for local initiatives. In others, Urban documents promising practices in other independent cradle-to-career initiatives.

Reports and Briefs

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Research Areas Families Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Tags Data and technology capacity of nonprofits
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center