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Promise Neighborhoods: What It Took, Part 2

Over the next several weeks, I will be doing a follow up to the What It Took report and series of articles we released on Promise Neighborhoods last year (see the links below if you haven't seen them already).

The original report and articles were based on approximately 70 anonymous interviews with Promise Neighborhoods applicants, peer reviewers and other stakeholders.

The new report will take the same approach, focusing on what worked, lessons learned, significant challenges, and other advice, thoughts and feedback from those who were involved in the process.

If you and/or your team are interested in participating in an hour long anonymous interview about your experience with the Promise Neighborhoods process, please contact me via email at plester@unca.org.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Previous Report

What It Took: Lessons learned from the first cohort of Promise Neighborhoods planning grant applications. (December 8, 2010)

Articles

View From the Inside: The Promise Neighborhoods Peer Review Process (October 18, 2010)

The Planners: Evaluating the Department of Education (July 28, 2010)

The Planners: Money and Politics Went Hand in Hand (August 6, 2010)

The Planners: Different Worlds and Different Views on School Reform (August 9, 2010)

Savings and Financial Education in Promise Neighborhoods

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has launched a Promise Neighborhoods Resource Center - "a source of information and tools for Promise Neighborhoods applicants wishing to incorporate savings and financial education into their Promise Neighborhoods programs." It can be found here.

Promise Neighborhoods FAQ Updated

The Promise Neighborhoods FAQ has been updated today. It can be found here.

First Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Webinar Now Online

In case you missed it, both the audio and the PowerPoint from the first Promise Neighborhoods webinar, devoted to the planning grant application, are now online. They are available on the main U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods web page.

Promise Neighborhoods Intents to Apply Posted

The Department of Education has posted who filed Intents to Apply for Promise Neighborhoods.

Surprising (to me) is the fact that there are 161 groups intending to apply for implementation grants. Keep in mind that there will only be 4-6 implementation grants made this year. All 21 planning grantees will be in the mix, each of which had at least $750k in combined federal dollars and local matching funds to put together plans. But apparently there are more than 100 other groups prepared to compete against them. Talk about competitive!

The good news is that if the selection process singles out the best, they should be a very high-quality group. That bodes well for the future of the program.

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