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Harlem Children's Zone

MPS 511 Case Study: Jennifer Fabbrini and Christina Paetzel
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Christina Paetzel

on 13 May 2013

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Images from Shutterstock.com Central Harlem Statistics Possible Solutions •Geoffrey Canada’s fundraising and publicity skills
•Involve participants, community members, and staff
- Establishing goals
- Creating indicators for success
•More community feedback and participation
- Board of directors
- Task forces
•Preparing program beneficiaries to take leadership roles
Break into approximately 4 small groups for further discussion of the case and concepts
10 minutes for small group discussion
Reconvene as a class to share your thoughts and feedback Small Group Discussion Questions Harlem Children's Zone Jennifer Fabbrini and Christina Paetzel Driving Performance with
Measurement and Evaluation Examining the Case Study Evolving programming
Focus on the street level: personal and direct
Schools as multiservice centers
Community building: Harlem Children's Zone
150 buildings in 24 block zone
Integration of previous programming
Evaluation of various data...what was considered a "success"?
Continuum of care
Program Council to maintain engagement
Personal experiences motivate staff when weighed down by the difficulty of the issues Challenges HCZ works to achieve specific outcomes through its programs as they work to create strong development towards adulthood. 50% of population, 61% of children live in poverty
18.5% unemployment
Less than 25% of adults have a high school diploma, less than 20% of kids in HCZ schools read at grade level
Among the highest rate of foster care placement in New York MISSION STATEMENT •Measuring impact to improve programs & please funders

•Transitioning from disconnected programs to a seamless system of support

•Establishing indicators of success

•Changes in management of the organization due to new evaluation focus

•Collecting a large amount of data on program participants

•Scaling the HCZ model to a larger area The HCZ Project's Mission is to create significant, positive opportunities and outcomes for all children living in a 24-block area by helping parents, residents, teachers and other key stakeholders create a safe learning environment for youth. Different methods of evaluation that offer a more level platform of measuring results
-Report cards from varying schools offer inconsistency
•Learn from rapid assessment and participatory appraisal approaches:
--McNall – mixed methods, concentrate on credibility of findings
--Chambers –local participants conducting analysis will lead to truer knowledge
--Kothari – don’t search for norms, don’t throw away “messy” data Additional Possible Solutions
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