Promise Neighborhoods Training and Technical Assistance Center, White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
Project: The Training and Technical Assistance Center provides information and assistance to grantees and others who are planning or implementing Promise Neighborhoods. This signature program of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative puts education at the center of community-led efforts to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Partners: Promise Neighborhoods collaborating agencies include the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Treasury, and Health and Human Services. Dr. Sherri Lauver is the subcontractor lead on this project in partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP).
Technologies: SEI designed and developed the Web portal using Drupal 7.2, PHP 5.2.7, Apache2.2, and MySQL 5.6. SEI followed a SDLC process and uses WinCVS for version control and the SEI Bug Tracker for tracking application changes.
SEI's Approach: SEI’s team of interactive designers, information architects, software programmers, and content strategists are designing a Web portal for communities planning or implementing a Promise Neighborhood. SEI will host this “ed.gov” website; ensure that it is fully 508-compliant; and identify and create content—resource library, newsletter, blog, webinar announcements, and promising practice guides. Staff will plan and execute conferences and regional meetings; conceptualize, write, and edit a variety of resources, such as materials for the annual project director’s conference; and arrange events that enable neighborhoods to build community capacity and implement powerful strategies. SEI staff also will assist CSSP with assessing grantees’ technical assistance and training needs through a tested needs assessment framework used to develop individual strategic plans for each site.