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The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has received a $484,600 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to continue the Parent Leadership Indicators Project, which provides a comprehensive framework for parent leadership training and organizing initiatives to assess and evaluate their work. 1508 Theory of change showing how parent leaders might transform themselves and their children, families, communities, and states. This grant will fund site visits to three parent leadership initiatives to test the framework and will support the development of a Parent Leadership Evaluation Network to build the capacity of parent leadership initiatives to use the framework.

The project team includes members of AISR’s Research & Policy staff; consultants Anne Henderson and Kate Gill Kressley; Algorythm, a company that builds user-friendly data platforms that enable non-profits to engage with their data; and Project Impact, which has vast experience in building the capacity of non-profits to engage in evaluation. In addition to the Kellogg Foundation’s award, the project is also supported by the Annie E. Casey, Hagedorn, and Peppercorn Foundations, as well as an advisory board comprised of parent leadership initiative staff, evaluators, and researchers.

The Parent Leadership Indicator Framework is a compilation of field-friendly indicators, measures, and data sources aligned with the Parent Leadership Theory of Change, which was developed during the first phase of this project. The Theory of Change illustrates parents’ pathways from the political margins to active community leaders who are valued by public officials and able to influence policy and practice changes that benefit children equitably.

“We are more than ‘just parents’; we are someone that public officials want to listen to,” said one parent, reflecting on the transformative nature of parent leadership initiatives in the project’s Phase I report, Capturing the Ripple Effect. Discussing the huge potential of parent leaders to effect change in their communities, one civic leader noted, “Parents are powerful storytellers. Their stories are compelling and they tie the issues together,” and another said, “Parent leaders have become the eyes and ears and voices for our legislative committee.” With support from the Kellogg Foundation, this project aims to give parent leadership initiatives the tools to better assess and evaluate this important work.

About the Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.