NNIP Resources for Promise Neighborhood Initiatives

Last Updated: September 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education launched the Promise Neighborhood grant program in 2010. Inspired by the Harlem's Children's Zone, the program seeks to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the most distressed communities by building a continuum of academic programs and family and community supports. The program takes a place-based approach that focuses resources in targeted places.

The Promise Neighborhood concept shares many principles with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. It focuses on effective solutions that integrate programs and break down agency silos. The program also emphasizes the need for child outcomes to be communicated and analyzed on an ongoing basis by community stakeholders, and emphasizes the capacity to collect, analyze, and use data to evaluate the program's success.

In 2015, the Urban Institute published a series of briefs highlighting the work of NNIP partners in providing essential support for federal place-based initiatives including Promise Neighborhoods. These briefs reference case studies and real world examples to show how NNIP parnters have contributed to neighborhood building initiatives. 

Below are some resources from NNIP that can assist communities planning local Promise Neighborhoods and descriptions of NNIP partner participation in their local initiatives. For a list of the current NNIP organizations, see the partner profiles.

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