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West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhoods

Septa route 10 trolley on Lancaster and Girard Aves.

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Research Summary

The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhoods grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education for five years (2016-2021). The project is led by Drexel, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), People’s Emergency Center, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and over 100 other organizations and service providers. This project intends to create a cradle-to-career continuum of support for children who live or attend school in the Promise Zone, as well as their families and communities. This includes creating a system of service linkages focused on educational, health, and behavioral health services and programs, as well as supplementing existing resources with new supports. The Data & Research Core, co-directed by Amy Carroll-Scott and Félice Lê-Scherban at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and Urban Health Collaborative, directs all data and research components of the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood grant.

Partners

The City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, The People's Emergency Center, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Mount Vernon Manor.

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Research Methods

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.

Acknowledgements

The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhoods grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with in-kind support from UHC and other project partners.

Research Team

Partners

The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhoods grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with in-kind support from the Urban Health Collaborative and other project partners.