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Help Harlem Children’s Zone with their Cradle to Career Research

Guest blogger, Betina Jean-Louis, Director of Evaluation at Harlem Children’s Zone, has an exciting research effort underway. She and Geoff Canada invite you to participate in their Cradle to Career Neighborhood Survey.  Read more about the Harlem Children’s Zone research effort and how you can be involved below:

We at Harlem Children’s Zone are seeking your assistance with a Cradle to Career Neighborhood Survey; the message below from Geoff Canada, the head of the agency, provides some more information about the effort.  We would appreciate two types of support: (1) taking 10-15 minutes as a practitioner who is involved in this kind of work to help us better understand your efforts for and in your communities and (2) forwarding this request for completion of the survey to practitioners in your networks far and wide.  The more we know about the work on the ground, the better we will be able to advocate for continuing support.

Please note:

  • We will NOT share community- or organization-specific data with anyone under any circumstances.
  • Survey responders will be able to indicate whether they wish to receive a copy of the forthcoming summary report.

We appreciate UNCA’s help in helping us to get this disseminated!  A message from Geoff with additional information about the survey follows.


Betina Jean-Louis, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation
Harlem Children’s Zone


Dear Building Neighborhoods Blog ,

To get a clearer picture of what is going on in the field, the Harlem Children’s Zone is reaching out to groups like yours that are creating or have created cradle-to-career pipelines that support the education and success of poor children.  We would like you to complete a Cradle to Career Neighborhood Survey that can be found here.  Those of us who are proponents of this approach are often asked about these efforts.  We would love to be able to provide aggregate-level information such as the following:

  • The number and type of communities doing the work
  • The types of programs included
  • The scope of the efforts

We believe that the field can be better supported when stakeholders and advocates (such as the Harlem Children's Zone, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink partner organizations, the funding community, and government agencies) are in a better position to address some very fundamental questions about your efforts.  By completing the survey, you will help us all to more accurately represent the magnitude of the work.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you may choose to skip any questions. All the information you provide will be confidential; your name or your organization’s name will not be included in any reports, and your responses will not be reported individually to anyone.  We simply want to understand what is happening across the country.

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. We hope you will participate and help us make available the valuable information that will allow us all to know where innovative strategies are being used to improve poor children’s lives.

Ideally, this survey should be completed by the individual in your organization who knows the most about this work.  If you are not that individual, please take a moment to determine who would be the best respondent and forward this request to him or her.  The person completing the survey can follow this link.  We would appreciate completion of the survey by Friday, June 14th.

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of poor children and families.



PS- if the hyperlink above does not work, the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CradleToCareer

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