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The Skillman Foundation

The Center worked as the evaluation and learning partner with The Skillman Foundation in Detroit as the Foundation implemented its “Good Neighborhoods/Good Schools Initiative.”  The ten-year, $500 million Initiative (the largest place-based initiative of its kind in the U.S.) concentrated Foundation and other leveraged resources in six Detroit neighborhoods with the goal of transforming the neighborhoods and schools into environments where all children are safe, healthy, well educated and prepared for adulthood. The Center worked with the Foundation to refine the initiative plan and to develop and manage a wide-ranging evaluation strategy for this comprehensive, multi-year initiative.  The Center’s goal was to promote real-time learning with the Foundation and encourage candid exchange and problem solving about the many challenges inherent in mounting an ambitious community change effort.


Della M. Hughes and Susan P. Curnan, Co-Principal Investigators

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