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Place-Based Initiatives and Performance Partnership Pilots Tools

Jobs for the Future for the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has adopted a “place-based” strategy to help improve outcomes for students and families. A place-based strategy recognizes that community factors have a significant impact on individuals, including education, health, social, employment, and economic outcomes. Through this approach, the Department, other federal agencies, and local stakeholders are working to make systemic changes that better meet the needs of communities and families. The Department’s place-based initiatives (PBI) touch more than 40 communities across the country. A related federal investment is the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) initiative that provides state, local, and tribal governments with greater flexibility in how federal discretionary funds are used, with the goal of improving education, employment, and other outcomes for opportunity youth. Also known as disconnected youth, opportunity youth are typically defined as those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor employed.

Jobs for the Future provides technical assistance to the Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement and to communities participating in either PBI or P3 initiatives. This work aligns well with JFF’s own commitment to place-based work. As part of this work, JFF assembles resources to help guide and direct stakeholders. The first five resource guides will cover topics that PBI and P3 communities consistently identified as interesting and/or critical to their work. These are: two-generation approaches, youth workforce development, early learning, opportunity youth, and FAFSA completion. Forthcoming resources will include a brief on family and school partnerships and a fiscal mapping tool.

The Department’s place-based initiatives (PBI) include Promise Zones, Strong Cities Strong Communities, and My Brother’s Keeper.

This work was prepared under Contract No. ED-ESE-15-A-00011/0002 with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Sarah Zevin served as the Contracting Officer’s Representative. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this website is intended or should be inferred. Jobs for the Future and its partners, Forum for Youth Investment and Performance Excellence Partners, are providing technical assistance to communities participating in Place Based Initiatives and Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) grantees under this Education Technical Assistance and Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement Task Order.