Brief Evaluating Programs and Impact within Promise Neighborhoods
A Guide to Planning Successful Evaluations
Peter A. Tatian, Benny Docter
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Place-based education and community change interventions such as Promise Neighborhoods face distinct challenges designing and executing high-quality evaluations. Because these efforts attempt to create population-level change by using a comprehensive continuum of cradle-to-career programming, experimental evaluation methods may be impractical or inappropriate. Nevertheless, planning, formative, and quasi-experimental methods can be used to conduct rigorous and instructive evaluations of Promise Neighborhoods. In this brief, we present options and discuss best practices for Promise Neighborhoods conducting evaluations within their communities.

Research Areas Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Nonprofit data and statistics Higher education K-12 education Child care Children's health and development Economic well-being Head Start and elementary education Secondary education School-based partnerships and services Foster care Job training Early childhood education School breakfast and lunch Kids in context Hunger and food assistance Child care and early childhood education Data and technology capacity of nonprofits
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center