Today more than ever, funders and stakeholders expect community-based organizations to collect and analyze data to report on their outcomes. The “outcome investing approach” and “outcomes-based approach” set forth by the Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation are just two expressions of such expectation. A project I am currently working on has given my colleagues and me the opportunity to observe and think deeply about how community organizations use data.
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Across the country, community collaboratives are partnering with researchers to use data to improve the lives of youth. #communitycollabs is a newsfeed featuring timely information on this topic.
The John W. Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.
A new book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute includes a chapter on the Youth Sector by the Gardner Center's Milbrey McLaughlin and UCSC's Rebecca London.
DATE: April 13, 2015
Family engagement in the early years of a child’s learning and development has emerged as a critical strategy used especially for supporting positive outcomes for students from low-income and immigrant communities. Findings from a new Gardner Center study reinforce the necessity of ensuring family engagement is linked to learning, dual-capacity-building, and culturally responsive to families’ needs and experiences.
Students of color are being disciplined in school in far greater numbers than their white peers, often for the same type of misbehavior. A new paper by Prudence Carter and colleagues on the Discipline Disparities Research to-Practice Collaborative argues that eliminating discipline disparities can’t be achieved without acknowledging and addressing common issues of race that shape adult-student interactions in schools.
Researchers Monika Sanchez & Laurel Sipes on our collaboration with the Mission Promise Neighborhood Initiative.