Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Dec 14
  • Afterschool
In 2012, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, the YEF Institute provided statewide afterschool networks in nine states with technical and financial assistance to host mayoral summits on afterschool and expanded learning. Summits took place in Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Washington, and…
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

This page contains supplemental resources for Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities, including a model request for information, sample data sharing agreements, afterschool needs assessments, and links to resources published by NLC policy partners and member cities.

Section 2: MIS Readiness Checklist Omaha afterschool…
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

While a few notable citywide afterschool systems are supported by self-developed software, the majority of afterschool management information systems (MIS) are built by a handful of commercial vendors. Selecting a vendor is among the most important decisions a city will make in developing its afterschool MIS, as this firm serves not only as a technology provider but also as a consultant to the…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Afterschool management information systems (MIS) process and store a tremendous amount of information on youth participants in order to improve policy, programs, and direct service. To implement and maintain such as system, however, those leading an MIS initiative must assure students, parents, and each of the project partners that they are responsible stewards of this sensitive information.…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

A management information system is not, primarily, a technology project. It is a process of aligning the goals and resources of a great number of afterschool stakeholders, where technology plays an important supportive role. Successful cities have generally undertaken each of the following tasks, described in greater detail in the MIS Readiness Checklist in Section 2 (pdf) of the report:

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Management information systems are at the center of citywide efforts to collect, store, link, analyze, report, learn from, and use information on the afterschool programs that cities and their local partners operate. Section 1 on Four High-Value Uses of Afterschool Data describes four important uses of data on local afterschool programs that motivate cities to invest in the complex but highly…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Building an effective citywide afterschool data system requires a broadly collaborative effort usually between city government, the local school district(s), and community-based organizations to create a system that is fully responsive to the needs of its children. The City of Nashville is a prime example with its successful implementation of a data partnership between Metropolitan…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Aug 01
  • Climate
  • Resilience
This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.

It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. 

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Oct 14
  • Afterschool
Continuing its nearly decade-long effort to help cities expand access to high-quality afterschool programs, The Wallace Foundation has announced that it will award up to $7.8 million in grants to nine cities as part of a four-year initiative to strengthen citywide afterschool systems that serve children and youth. The YEF Institute will help coordinate the project.

The cities and grantee…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Oct 14
  • Afterschool
A new research report published by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation highlights a growing trend in communities nationwide: the emergence of comprehensive, citywide afterschool systems for children and youth.

Municipal Leadership for Afterschool: Citywide Approaches Spreading Across the Country identifies 27…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families