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How We Measure Success


The role of the Data and Research Core is to build an infrastructure for research, evaluation, data access, and dissemination for the West Philly Promise Neighborhood initiative. The goal of the Core is to develop data systems to measure whether Promise Neighborhood has achieved its goals, and to sustain lasting change within the Promise Neighborhood community. The US Department of Education requires that we collect data on 15 population-level indicators, called GPRAs (Government Performance Results Act) to track our progress toward achieving our goals. In order to do so, we collect data at the child, family, neighborhood, and school-level to support, inform and evaluate the project. Here is some information on all of the ways we collect data: 

Neighborhood Survey

This survey is conducted every other year with caregivers from households with children ages 0-18 who live in the Promise Neighborhood geographic footprint. The purpose of this survey is to better understand caregivers’ and families’ experiences with their schools, neighborhoods, health care, whether and how the interact with the Promise Neighborhood initiative, and how these things change over time. You might recognize our survey team by their orange shirts! Our first survey wrapped up in 2018 and the second survey ended in early 2020. Wave 3 of our Neighborhood Survey will begin in the summer of 2021. Some of the population-level measures that we collect through the Neighborhood Survey are:

  • GPRA 1: Number and percent of children, from birth to kindergarten entry, who have a place where they usually go, other than an emergency room, when they are sick or in need of advice about their health
  • GPRA 3: Number and percent of children, from birth to kindergarten entry, participating in center-based or formal home-based early learning settings or programs, which may include Early Head Start, Head Start, child care, or publicly-funded preschool.
  • GPRA 12: For children birth to kindergarten entry, the number and percent of parents or family members who report reading to their children three or more times a week
  • GPRA 13: For children in kindergarten through 8th grades, the number and percent of parents or family members who report encouraging their children to read books outside of school.
  • GPRA 14: For children in the 9th to 12th grades, the number and percent of parents or family members who report talking with their child about the importance of college and career

Integrated Data System

The West Philly Promise Neighborhood requests data from the School District of Philadelphia on an annual basis to learn how Promise Neighborhood-funded programs are impacting students in our schools. We use School District data to measure: 

  • GPRA 2: Number and percent of three-year-olds and children in kindergarten who demonstrate at the beginning of the program or school year age-appropriate functioning across multiple domains of early learning as determined using developmentally appropriate early learning measures 
  • GPRA 4: Number and percent of students at or above grade level according to State mathematics and English language arts assessments in at least the grades required by the ESEA (3rd through 8th and once in high school) 
  • GPRA 5:  Attendance rate of students in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. 
  • GPRA 6: Graduation rate (as defined in the notice). 
  • GPRA 7: Number and percent of Promise Neighborhood students who graduate with a regular high school diploma and obtain postsecondary degrees, vocational certificates, or other industry-recognized certifications or credentials without the need for remediation 
  • GPRA 11: Student mobility rate

District Wide School Survey

Each year the School District of Philadelphia conducts a school climate survey with students, parents, teachers, and principals

We partner with the School District to collect the following data from this survey for our 7 Promise Neighborhood schools: 

  • GPRA 8: Number and percent of children who participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. 
  • GPRA 9: Number and percent of children who consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. 
  • GPRA 10: Number and percent of students who feel safe at school and traveling to and from school, as measured by a school climate needs assessment. 
  • GPRA 15: Number and percent of students who have school and home access (and percent of the day they have access) to broadband internet and a connected computing device.

Promise Information Portal (PIP)

The PIP is a secure, web-based data system used to track implementation of Promise Neighborhood-funded programs, such as participation and participant outcomes. The purpose of the PIP is to provide a common data collection system for Promise Neighborhood-funded programs, and to understand how many children and families are served by this initiative over time, and whether these investments are resulting in improvements to the community, as measured by changes in GRPA indicator data over time.

Neighborhood Indicators

Through analysis and visualization of existing data sources such as the US Census data, Neighborhood Indicators provide information to contextualize factors impacting the West Philly Promise Neighborhood. This may include neighborhood context such as housing, safety, and the demographic characteristics of residents. We also summarize between—and within—neighborhood information about population-level outcomes such as education and health, with the added purpose of detecting any change over time as a result of Promise Neighborhood or other programs. The data snapshots created by our team help to achieve the above purposes but are created to share with community-based organizations and leaders to advance their own community programming and advocacy goals.

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