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Welcome to The Finance Project’s Promising Practices Catalog. This resource is designed to help you learn about exciting programs, practices, and initiatives across the country that aim to improve the futures of children, families and communities. This catalog will help you learn what is happening elsewhere and develop innovative ideas for implementing, financing, and sustaining effective programs.

Search for Promising PracticesAbout this collection

This easy-to-search online collection includes 1053 promising practices profiled by The Finance Project in our main areas of work:

• Children & Family Services
• Children & Youth At Risk

• Economic Success for Families and Communities
• Education Reform
• Financing Strategies
• Sustainability Strategies
• Service Delivery and Management Strategies

Since 1994, The Finance Project has identified, analyzed and disseminated information about promising initiatives that support and serve children, families and communities. It has documented these promising practices as examples of innovative programs that illustrate a variety of approaches to policy and program design, financing and sustainability.

The Finance Project has not evaluated these initiatives and does not endorse particular practices or programs.

What to expect

Searching. By clicking on the search button, you can find promising practices tailored to your interests. There are simple instructions on the next page to guide you through various ways of searching for information.

Viewing Results. When you do a search, you will be linked to a set of promising practice descriptions that match your criteria. The promising practices will be listed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent material is on top. You can also click on a link to see additional promising practices that are more than five years old.

Each Promising Practice profile includes:

  • State and locality where it is based
  • Type of activity
  • Lead agencies and primary partners
  • Funding sources
  • Detailed description of the initiative
  • Date, title and link to The Finance Project publication in which this initiative was profiled
  • Links to additional information
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