Community Schools: A Worthwhile Investment

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In June, we launched “Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools,” our case study and companion guide designed to help measure and communicate the value of community schools.

A related commentary has been published in the August 21 issue of Education Week. In it, we describe the results from our case study of schools in Washington Heights and encourage the use of social return on investment to help broaden support for this reform model as it spreads in its third decade.

Community schools make an invaluable contribution to student academic achievement, children’s social and emotional health, family participation and community engagement—in districts around the country and the world.

Our study analyzes their “value” not only in terms of improved outcomes, but also through additional revenues generated and costs avoided using an SROI approach. It helps us make an economic argument for this strategy, based on promising evidence that community schools produce results with significant monetary value to students, their families and school community, and society as a whole.

You can read our commentary here. As a reminder, you can download a copy of the case study and the guide from our website.

Please feel free to share this commentary with your networks, and help us spread the word that community schools are an investment lead worth pursuing.