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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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Mar 09
  • University

Making Shifts Happen:

From Political Drama to Finding Common Ground

Desired Outcomes for the Session:

Share a deeper and more personal understanding of what common ground means to each participant;

Explore their unconscious assumptions about common ground;

Understand their default perspectives and how to develop new ways of seeing and…

Mar 09
  • University

Trainer: Malcom Chapman | The Chapman Group | www.malcomchapman.com 

2013 Congressional City Conference | Washington, DC | Pre-Conference Seminar Presentations

Mar 09
  • University

A Public‐Private Partnership (P3) is a contractual agreement between a public agency (federal, state or local) and a private sector entity. Through this agreement, the skills and assets of each sector (public and private) are shared in delivering a service or facility for the use of the general public. In addition to the sharing of resources, each party shares in the risks and rewards…

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