The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhoods grant is required by the Department of Education to create data-driven systems for both case management and long-term evaluation of process and impact. In support of this effort, the Data and Research Core will oversee creation of a real-time case management system in order to support service provision and linkage by connecting child information across service providers, creating a robust referral system, and tracking participation, progress, and outcomes in the project's programs and services.
The Data and Research Core will also conduct a biennial neighborhood survey that is representative of households with children in the Promise Neighborhood footprint. The Data and Research Core will integrate child-, family-, school-, and community-level data from these and multiple other sources to create and maintain a longitudinal integrated data system (IDS) that will provide the backbone for all Promise Neighborhood research and evaluation activities. The IDS will be used to track children's educational, health, and developmental outcomes over time; evaluate Promise Neighborhood activities including cross-system program integration; and conduct research about the multiple levels of factors (individual, family, school, community, service/program utilization) affecting child outcomes over time.