Harris County's Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning (CASE for Kids) recently deployed Cityspan Provider to track high quality Out-of-School Time programming across seventeen school districts. CASE for Kids helps communities by building collaborative partnerships to support at-risk students and their families. Cityspan will be used initially to support the Partnership Project, an initiative that promotes numeracy and literacy development for students between the ages of 4 and 12. The system will also track data for City Connections, a project funded by the City of Houston to expand youth and family services at schools, community centers and churches.
At the national level, CASE for Kids recently joined several Cityspan clients as members of the newly launched Every Hour Counts National Learning Community, a peer-learning community focused on building sustainable collaborative systems and sharing best practices to improve the quality and availability of after school programs.
- Read about how Cityspan's clients, including NextUp, Sprockets Saint Paul, Expanded Learning Collaborative (San Francisco), and Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (Pittsburgh) are working to take expanded learning systems to the next level by partnering with the Every Hour Counts National Learning Community.
- Dig deeper and discover how Every Hour Counts partners (and
Cityspan clients) in Chicago, Boston, Providence, and New York are pioneering the work in building citywide systems to better serve children and
- Learn about NextUp's strategy to coordinate resources and provide quality programming that is relevant, engaging and effective in delivering outcomes for youth.
The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has selected Cityspan to create a shared attendance and outcomes management system for the Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST). Cityspan will connect APOST's network of 40+ provider agencies currently serving more than 22,000 youth across Allegheny County. The system will integrate with the county's local school districts (43 in all), with Pittsburgh Public Schools leading the way as anchor APOST partner. Cityspan's flexible data collection and reporting features will provide APOST and its partners the ability to measure and manage the diverse set of resources available to the county's youth.
At the national level, APOST recently joined several Cityspan clients as members of the newly launched Every Hour Counts National Learning Community, a peer-learning community focused on building sustainable collaborative systems and sharing best practices to improve the quality and availability of afterschool programs.
Imagine Science, a partnership of four youth development organizations — the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National 4-H Council, YMCA of the USA, and Girls Inc. — has selected Cityspan to develop a centralized data system to track and manage STEM programs within its three pilot communities (Dallas, Orange County and Omaha). Cityspan's expertise implementing data systems that support multi-agency youth development initiatives is a natural fit for the Imagine Science partnership. Cityspan's system will meet the day-to-day data management needs of the local STEM programs while providing robust reporting capabilities that allow national administrators to monitor local activities and set policy using data-driven metrics. Data integration among community partners will enable longitudinal tracking of student retention in STEM programs, helping Imagine Science evaluate engagement strategies and measure student level outcomes.
In the fall of 2015, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development launched Cityspan Funder as its comprehensive grants management solution. Designed to administer HUD funding that strengthens the infrastructure of San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods, the system streamlines data collection and reporting for 150 nonprofit grantees annually, ensuring program transparency and compliance with Federal requirements. Integration with Cityspan Provider allows agencies to report against a comprehensive set of client-level activities and outcomes. For agencies that hold contracts with multiple city departments, the system complements existing Cityspan Funder implementations for San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and the Human Services Agency, making it easier than ever for the city’s social service agencies to focus on serving communities in need.
- Read the original Request for Proposal posted by the Mayor's
Office of Housing and Community Development
The Minneapolis Afterschool Network recently partnered with Cityspan to implement Cityspan Collaborative as a shared database for out-of-school time providers throughout the city. The initiative leverages the work Cityspan performed in 2011 developing Saint Paul’s Sprockets Shared Database as part of a collaboration between the City, Saint Paul Public Schools, the Wilder Foundation and community organizations. Fatima Muhammad, project director for the Minneapolis Afterschool Network, recognized a similar need in Minneapolis to align providers around a common set of metrics designed to evaluate and enhance community impact. Building a shared data system to collect and report on these metrics was the logical first step.
Led by the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and in partnership with the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools (who will act as the research entity on the project), the Network has deployed Cityspan’s system to 11 agencies (representing 21 programs) as part of the initial phase. And while Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s systems currently remain separate, the two cities are sharing best practices and coordinating to ensure standardization of data collection protocols. Agencies serving both cities will be able to access each city’s system through a common interface, encouraging further alignment across the Twin Cities. In the future, Minneapolis and Saint Paul plan to use Cityspan Collaborative to provide unified reporting capabilities across both cities, further developing the Twin Cities’ ability to measure collective impact with the children and youth they serve.
- Get the details behind Cityspan’s implementation of Saint Paul's Sprockets Shared Database
- Read how Saint Paul strives to be “Informed by Data, Inspired by Youth,” in their 2014 Out-Of-School Time Report
(using data from Cityspan!)
- Discover how Saint Paul’s Promise Neighborhood initiative is using data (from Cityspan Provider) to address difficult community issues
Cityspan recently launched a custom version of Cityspan Provider for the New York Public Library’s out-of-school time programs. Located in neighborhood libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, the Library’s programs provide literacy tutoring, credit recovery, homework help and mentorship opportunities to more than 3,000 youth annually. Motivated by a desire to reach even more students living in economically disadvantaged areas, the Library asked Cityspan to develop a solution to track participation and measure outcomes for their Bridge Up, Enrichment Zones, Innovation Labs and Literacy Leaders programs. Using Cityspan Provider to analyze attendance trends and monitor student performance over time the Library plans to scale their programs to serve 10,000 youth by 2018.
Omaha’s United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has selected Cityspan to develop a system that measures city-wide efforts in preparing youth for their futures. The system will meet the program management needs of multiple social service agencies while integrating information into a shared data warehouse and reporting system.
Led by Anne Herman and Paige Dempsey of UWM, the data initiative has brought together youth-serving agencies from across the city who share a commitment to move the needle around student engagement, academic achievement, and life and career readiness. The system will be built to scale in the long term, eventually linking data from additional sources in health and human services, juvenile justice and higher education.
With support from UWM and intermediary agency Collective for Youth, the following agencies have joined the initial phase of the project:
- Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands
- Center for Holistic Development
- Completely KIDS
- KIDS CAN
- NE for Civic Reform
- Nothing But Net
- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
- Urban League of Nebraska