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.
A number of Gardner Center researchers will share their work at #AERA15, the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. Presentations will cover university-community research partnerships, family engagement, community development and collaboration, health in education, and more. We’re also pleased to announce that Founding Director Milbrey McLaughlin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to educational policy research.
Researchers Monika Sanchez & Laurel Sipes on our collaboration with the Mission Promise Neighborhood Initiative.