Since 2007, with the publication of the Connected by 25 reports, All Hands Raised has been committed to base all organizational activities on solid evidence and data that can be understood and utilized by all partners.
Too often data are used as a blunt instrument with the simple goal of proving (or disproving) the value of a given project or intervention. Our focus is not to use data to prove – but rather to improve – individual and collective efforts to support young people.
Reports published recently by All Hands Raised to measure our shared progress.
Chapter 03, released on February 22, 2017, tells the story of the progress of our shared work – where we’ve made an impact and where there’s work still to be done.
On pages 22 and 28, the average county-wide percent of students who met or exceeded eighth grade math standards should read 44.1% (2014-15) and 45.7% (2015-16); they were incorrectly listed as 45.9% and 45.5%, respectively. Data for all sub-groups is correct.
Published in February of 2017, this four-panel piece provides the most up-to-date snapshot of our work and serves as the companion overview to Chapter 03.
Published in December of 2016, this four-panel piece provides the most up-to-date snapshot of our work. Stay tuned for Chapter 03!
Chapter 02 highlights the dynamic work happening throughout the All Hands Raised Partnership, sharing the progress, challenges, impact and accomplishments of our collective efforts to improve outcomes for the more than 225,000 children and youth living in Multnomah County.
Chapter 01 highlights the dynamic work happening throughout the Partnership, sharing progress and early results generated through this community-wide collaborative effort. In addition, baseline data and improvement targets are portrayed for each of the Indicators, revealing entrenched disparities as well as reasons for hope and optimism.
Historical reports that provided key evidence to guide the work.
Outcomes and Demographics for Participants in Ninth Grade Counts and Career + College Connections published by NWEA in 2012.
Community Report: Exclusionary Discipline in Multnomah County Schools: How suspensions and expulsions impact students of color (published 2012)
A young person’s commitment to education is their key to success in life. Exclusionary discipline, in contrast, disconnects a young person from school, limiting the prospects for their success. Youth need positive adult relationships, safe and supportive environments in which to learn, and engaging curriculum that guides them through transitions and developmental stages. Our goal as a community is to reduce factors that inhibit academic success. This report asserts that we must agree that exclusionary discipline is a primary factor leading to academic disconnection and ultimately failure; therefore educing or providing alternatives to exclusionary discipline should be prioritized for all students and especially students of color.
Community Report: Why Being in School Matters: Chronic Absenteeism in Oregon Public Schools (published 2012)
Conducted by ECONorthwest—in partnership with the Children’s Institute, the Chalkboard Project and Attendance Works—this analysis revealed that chronic absence is a significant issue in Oregon, dragging down academic performance, for communities and students of all demographic backgrounds, but especially those in families living in poverty.
Guide to Education Programs for Out-of-School Youth in Portland and Multnomah County (published 2011)
This guide, made possible through a generous grant from the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, was created for youth currently out-of-school and wanting to reconnect with their education.
Guia de Programas Educativos para jovenes Fuera de la Escuela en Portland y en el Condado de Multnomah (publicó 2011)
Esta guía fue creada para los jóvenes que actualmente están fuera de la escuela y quieren reconectarse con su educación. Esta guía se hizo realidad gracias a un generoso subsidio de United Way of the Columbia Willamette.
Outcomes and Demographics for Participants in Ninth Grade Counts and Career + College Connections published by NWEA in 2011.
In April 2010 a brief update on the Connected by 25 initiative was created and presented at the Education Summit held in spring of 2010.
This report centers the experiences of communities of color in Multnomah county, and the disparities that exist for our people. As a result, the text centers issues of inequality, inequity and injustice. For many people, this will be a tough read. Most of us would rather avoid this topic. While this may be an unsettling read, we believe that it offers a unique set of insights nto one of the most devastating social dynamics in US history and into the present-day. It is intended to be a catalyst for action – to build far-reaching durable solutions that will provide our communities and our children the hope of a better future.
Released by Portland State on November 30, 2010, the Report to the Community was a launching pad for the adaptation of a Cradle to Career Partnership in this community.
Executive Summary of the Ninth Grade Counts evaluation completed by Portland State University in 2009.
New Growth In Stumptown: Young Portlanders Face Twenty-First Century Challenges, a Connected by 25 Report (published 2007)
Portland cannot afford to write off 8,000 or more of its young people — the moral, economic, and community costs are too great. Drawing both on the success of Portland’s current efforts to keep kids connected and on a deep understanding of the growing challenges young Portlanders face in the 21st century, we must innovate new strategies to engage young people effectively.
Connected by 25, The Fourth R: New Research Shows Which Academic Indicators Are the Best Predictors of High School Graduation — and What Interventions Can Help More Kids Graduate (published Spring 2007).