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Meegan Bassett

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Instead of impacting a few thousand families, we will impact millions by putting all the elements of collective impact into action. We are ready to implement solutions that fit the size of the problem!
How the Promise Neighborhoods Movement Achieves Collective Impact:

Collective Impact in Action
Improving Results for Children
from Cradle to Career

The Problem:
Over 14 million children in poverty!
In poor neighborhoods, barriers make it challenging for children to learn, grow
and succeed.

Promise Neighborhoods + Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink are working to transform the lives of
millions of children
Our Impact
Collective Impact
Promise Neighborhoods
Common Agenda
Shared Measurement Systems
Mutually Reinforcing Activities
Continuous Communication
Backbone Organization
Collaboration Is Not a Result
Collective Impact:

Requires taking on the toughest work
Secret Sauce of the Promise Neighborhoods Movement

(60+ Communities)
Cradle to Career

Focus on Equitable Opportunity: Ten results for children in poor communities and communities of color
Dedicated, Adaptive Leadership: The Promise Neighborhoods Institute and Promise Neighborhoods Lead Agencies guide strategy, maintain results framework, support aligned activities and advance policy
Regularly Measure Progress: Fifteen indicators, data guidance, case management system and data dashboard
Cradle-to-Career Continuum of Solutions: A combination of cross-sector solutions that includes families, programs, policies and systems
Ongoing Feedback Loop: Accountability partners, case management system and data dashboard
Credit: FSG

Short-term, programmatic results
How We Make It Work:

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute’s Role as a “Backbone Organization”
Accelerates local leaders’
ability to achieve results
Builds evidence that cradle-to-career strategies work, and that we’re learning to achieve results at scale
Scales and sustains results
• Results-Based Accountability (RBA) training
• Community of practice
• Data infrastructure (case management system
and data dashboard)
• Leadership development program
• Promise Stat (team coaching for continual improvement)
• Harlem Children’s Zone Vault
• Case studies
• Documentation of journey toward results
• Evaluation framework
• Thought leadership
• Policy change (city, county, state and federal)
• Fundraising
Bringing Solutions to Scale

Operating Principles and Competencies*
*Adapted from the Harlem Children’s Zone
Promise Neighborhoods Operating Principles
Competencies Required to Implement the Principles
Serve an entire neighborhood comprehensively and at scale
1. Business Planning:
Develop a business plan

2. Sustainable Financing: C
reate a financing plan

3. Public Policy:
Address policy and regulatory issues
Create a comprehensive pipeline of effective programs for children from birth through college graduation, and wrap that pipeline in supports for families

4. Pipeline of Services:
Develop a multi-sector system
of support using a mixture of solutions based in families, programs, policies and systems

5. Accountable Partnerships:
Structure effective and
accountable partnerships across systems
Build community among residents, institutions and stakeholders who help to create the environment necessary for a child’s healthy development

6. Community Engagement:
Meaningfully engage
children, youth, families and community stakeholders

7. Constructive Conversations:
Foster constructive dialogue about gender, race, class, culture and systems change
Evaluate program outcomes and create a data feedback loop to help management improve and refine program offerings

8. Use of Data:
Use data for learning, continuous
improvement and shared accountability
Cultivate a culture of success rooted in passion, accountability, leadership and teamwork

9. Results-Based Accountability:
Use a disciplined
approach to move from talk to action in order to achieve population-level results

10. Leadership Development:
Deepen the organizational and collaborative leadership capacity in the lead agency and partners in service of population-level results

11. Communications:
Develop a communications plan

12. Results-Driven Work:
Turn a curve away from
the baseline or beat the baseline on one or more indicators associated with the Promise
Neighborhoods' results
This is where collective impact comes into play.
Desiring big results without aligning contributions
To achieve collective impact, multiple sectors must contribute.
We go out of our way to take on the big challenges, providing in-the-trenches support in each Promise Neighborhood.

And we hold ourselves accountable by measuring our impact nationally using the same indicators our local partners use.
Accelerates local leaders’
ability to achieve results
Builds evidence that cradle-to-career strategies work, and that we’re learning to achieve results at scale
Scales and sustains results
The Harlem Children’s Zone provides a great example:

Early Childhood Programs





Family, Social Service and Health Programs
Community-Building Programs
The problems are complex.
The solutions require a
community-wide effort.
With such complex challenges, solitary, one-off programs struggle to move the needle on economic mobility.
Participating in conferences and webinars, but no results-driven action

Writing reports without follow-through
Focus on 100-200 children

Shared information, but no transformation
Meetings, but no accountability

Focus on large-scale, population-level results

Disciplined execution and silo-busting contributions

A new level of accountability:
Using data to share accountability, learn and continuously improve

Focus on 10 results that
make a big difference for
low-income children
Leadership and Disciplined Execution: Results-Based Accountability
Measure progress against baselines on 15 indicators

Understand why the indicators are trending in a particular direction

Select partners for
each indicator

Work with partners to develop selection criteria and identify solutions for each indicator
Entire team commits to population-level targets
by indicator
For each indicator, select a mix of solutions on different levels:
a. Families
b. Programs
c. Policies
d. Systems

Identify partner targets and performance measures, incorporate into action plans and begin implementation
Develop performance contracts with partners
(If applicable)
Leadership and Disciplined Execution: Results-Based Accountability
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