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Building Community Partnerships in Support of a Postsecondary Completion Agenda

In this Report, the OMG Center highlights key lessons from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Community Partnerships portfolio evaluation.  We assess the communities’ progress over the course of the investment, and describe their work in the areas of building public commitment, using data, building and sustaining partnerships, and aligning policies and practices.  We also discuss steps these communities can take to sustain their initiatives.  
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New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming A Progress Report

New Connections aims to expand the diversity of perspectives informing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programming and introduce new scholars to the Foundation, particularly those historically under-represented in its research and evaluation activities. 
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Infill Philadelphia: Promoting the Importance of Quality Design in the Community Development Field

For community development corporations seeking to revitalize struggling urban neighborhoods through bricks-and-mortar investments, pre-development funding for architectural design is not readily available. The Community Design Collaborative believes that early design assistance is critical in envisioning a better future for neighborhoods and works to raise awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.
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Interim Learning and Research Report: The College Hill Alliance and the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, Macon, GA

For decades, urban universities focused inward, shielding themselves from the impact of the long-term disinvestment that destroyed their neighboring communities. Today in many cities, universities are realizing that their own success is tied to that of their neighbors, and have formed partnerships with their local communities to jointly drive urban revitalization.
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Pathways to Postsecondary Completion: How Are Philadelphia Students Faring?

In this report, OMG, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, examines the college access and success trajectory of Philadelphia students, using data from 20 area higher education institutions. 
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Evaluation Fellowship Program: A Progress Report

In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Duquesne University, OMG designed and facilitated a four-year initiative to address the need for increased diversity among program evaluators, and to expand the participation and leadership of diverse racial and ethnic groups in the profession. This report, published in May of 2011, explores the Evaluation Fellowship Program’s background and purpose, and discusses its most significant results to date.
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Communities Learning in Partnership Planning Phase Evaluation Report

This report describes the lessons learned from the first phase of the Communities Learning in Partnership, part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar Gates Foundation initiative to increase postsecondary completion rates in communities across the country. In its evaluation, OMG is assessing the degree to which these communities are strengthening their local postsecondary completion systems and analyzing the value of various grantmaking strategies to achieve those goals.
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Landscape Scan: Miami-Dade College Access and Success

This scan provides an overview of the landscape for systems-level work in helping Miami students access and succeed in postsecondary education. The research was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Landscape Scan: College Access and Success in Philadelphia

This scan provides an overview the landscape for systems-level work in helping Philadelphia students access and succeed in postsecondary education. The research was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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College Access and Success System Analysis – Miami and Philadelphia

College attainment in the United States is widely recognized as a critical aspect of workforce development and economic success. Recently, leaders in education have promoted systemic approaches to increase college attainment, recognizing the power of coordination throughout the K-16 education pipeline.
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