Reports Archive

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2012  
Quality Schools: Every Child, Every School, Every Neighborhood
This study, released in 2012, assesses location and performance of charter and traditional public schools in Washington, DC. It is a supply and demand analysis based on current and projected performance data that provides information to guide education reform and to maximize the impact of resource allocations. This study was commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education of Washington, DC and funded by the DC Public Education Fund through a generous grant from The Walton Family Foundation.  
[PDF 10MB]
2011  
Early Care and Education: The Top 10 Counties, Municipalities, and
Chicago Community Areas in Need of Care
Modeled on IFF’s 2003 statewide needs assessment for early care and education (ECE), Moving Towards A System, this report finds significant gaps for all types of care and ranks counties, larger municipalities, and Chicago community areas according to their overall need, as well as to their need of specific programs, such as general child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, and PreK. 
[PDF 7.9MB]
2010  
  Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District
This report analyzes the performance, location, and enrollment of charter schools and schools within the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD). The study finds that 88 percent of all District and charter public school students in KCMSD do not attend a performing school, and that options are still few after the District’s restructuring plan.
[PDF 1.5MB]
Choosing Performance: An Analysis of School Location and Performance in Milwaukee
This report analyzes the performance, location, and enrollment of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), charter schools and certain private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) in 2008-2009. The study determines that most children do not attend or live near a school that meets the Wisconsin State Standard.
[PDF 1.5MB]
Denver Public Schools: Locating Quality and Access
This report, produced by IFF and commissioned by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), provides essential new information on the relationship between the location of and enrollment in Denver public schools that meet the 2009 School Performance Framework (SPF) standards.  It is designed primarily to identify and highlight those areas with the largest number of school-age children and the fewest seats in schools that meet SPF standards.
[PDF 2.2MB]
2009  
Public School in St. Louis: Place, Performance, and Promise
This study analyzes the performance, location, and enrollment of both public schools and charter schools St. Louis in 2007-08. The study - Place, Performance, and Promise - determined that St. Louis students have limited access to a quality school in their neighborhood. The report was produced by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and IFF, in conjunction with the St. Louis Mayor's Office.
[PDF 2.5MB]
Here and Now 2: Change We Can Measure
This report examines citywide and community area changes in the number of performing schools in Chicago's 77 neighborhood areas between 2004 and 2008. It also documents the contribution of charter and other new schools under Renaissance 2010. Like the 2004 Here and Now study, this study is based on the premise that all Chicago students should have academically performing schools within or near their community area in which they live.
[PDF 1.5MB]
2008  
Missouri Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the 21st Century
Conducted in partnership with the Nonprofit Services Center in St. Louis, MO, this survey establishes a baseline of data on the finances and management of small to midsized nonprofits that provide direct services to the Missouri public.

 

Full Report: [PDF 635KB]
Executive Summary: [PDF 334KB]

Assets, Gaps, and a Way Forward: Reports on Early Childhood Care and Education
This report series was completed by IFF’s Building Blocks program to strengthen local early care and education capacity in 11 Illinois community areas.

 

2007  
Opportunities and Challenges: A Community Perspective on Nonprofit Services for Latinos and Community Need
A study by IFF and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights documents the extent of services and gaps in capacity in the Chicago metropolitan area in order to understand government and philanthropic funding needed for future service enhancement and expansion.
[PDF 706KB]
By Any Measure: A Report to the Community on IFF’s Work in the Field of Nonprofit Child Care in Illinois
A detailed report of IFF’s leadership role in the area of research, planning, financing, and design of child care facilities.
[PDF 1.74MB]
2006  
Stepping Out
A planning tool for developing community facilities to support the program needs of mixed-income communities. The publication is based on research conducted by the IFF, including field studies at four national community facility models.
[PDF 3.3MB]
Getting Ready: Preparing to House Your Pre-Kindergarten Program
An interactive, online tool to help applicants for ISBE Pre- Kindergarten grants plan ahead for housing their program. In three steps, the tool will help an organization assess its space needs, evaluate the fit of any facility with its program goals, and identify any renovation or modification needs.
[PDF 91KB]
2005  

The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Illinois
A study conducted by the National Economic Development and Law Center, and reported by IFF, Action for Children and Chicago Metropolis 2020. This report demonstrates for the first time the direct economic benefits of the early care and education industry as well as its long-term impact on the Illinois economy.

Executive Summary [PDF 608KB]
Full Report [PDF 1.76MB]

2004  
Getting It Right: How Illinois Nonprofits Manage for Success
A survey co-sponsored by IFF and the Donors Forum of Chicago on the financial health of nonprofits in Illinois. The study covers the years of 2001 to 2003 and its results highlight challenges and opportunities nonprofit organizations face.
[PDF 528KB]
Here and Now: The Need for Performing Schools in Chicago's Neighborhoods
A planning tool for government agencies and communities that ranks Chicago's 77 community areas in terms of the need for performing public elementary and high schools, based on academic performance, space utilization, and demographics.
[PDF 400KB]
The Building Blocks of Design: A Handbook for Early Childhood Development Facilities
A guide and reference tool for early childhood development providers who want to improve or expand their centers. The handbook covers everything from choosing a paint color for a simple cosmetic enhancement to planning a major construction project.
[PDF 427KB]
2003  

Moving Towards A System: Preview
A preview of the full report on the Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment that summarizes the study’s scope, highlights findings from the full report, and provides examples of how the data can be used.
[PDF 120KB]

To download individual community profiles, visit our Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment page. [More]

Moving Towards A System: Tools, Benchmarks and Standards
The full report on the Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment that presents findings on the highest-need communities overall and in each area of care and education assessed.
[PDF 1.3MB]

To download individual community profiles, visit our Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment page. [More]

Moving Towards A System: The Community Profiles Fact Book
A collection of profiles that summarize the demographic, supply, and demand data for each of the 168 communities assessed. Download the Background and Introduction to this publication. [PDF 124KB]

To download individual community profiles, visit our Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment page. [More]

We Need More Day Care Centers
A planning tool for community organizations and government agencies, our study shows that Latina mothers want preschool child care centers in their neighborhoods.
[PDF 1.1MB]
2001  
Great Spaces, Fresh Places
Documentation of three classroom makeovers, a collaboration between the IFF and The Chicago MOST Initiative.
[PDF 208KB]
2000  
A Century of Caring for Children
A history of federal and state child care legislation and programs for low-income children in Illinois.
[PDF 74KB]
Capacity-Building Digest #1
Building the Nonprofit Board of Directors
Out of the Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century study grew the Capacity-Building Digest series, anecdotal examinations of issues affecting the capacity of nonprofits.
[PDF 148KB]
Capacity-Building Digest #2
Property Tax Exemption
Out of the Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century study grew the Capacity-Building Digest series, anecdotal examinations of issues affecting the capacity of nonprofits.
[PDF 63KB]
Capacity-Building Digest #3
Social Entrepreneurship: The Double Bottom Line

Out of the Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century study grew the Capacity-Building Digest series, anecdotal examinations of issues affecting the capacity of nonprofits.
[PDF 114KB]
Capacity Building Digest #4
Mergers in the Nonprofit Sector

Out of the Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century study grew the Capacity-Building Digest series, anecdotal examinations of issues affecting the capacity of nonprofits.
[PDF 71KB]
Capacity Building Digest #5
Costs of Late Government Payments

Out of the Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century study grew the Capacity-Building Digest series, anecdotal examinations of issues affecting the capacity of nonprofits.
[PDF 71KB]
Early Childhood Care and Education Fact Book: Planning for Chicago’s
Children in the New Century

This book is a community-planning document focusing on the top 20 Chicago communities needing additional licensed child care resources.
[PDF 1.2MB]
1999  
Illinois Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the Next Century
A statewide study of the financial health of the nonprofit sector. Published in 1998 by the IFF and the Donors Forum of Chicago.
[PDF 189KB]
The Chicago Early Childhood Care and Education Needs Assessment
This study, the first of its kind, ranked Chicago's 77 communities in terms of need for full-day, licensed child care services.
[PDF 535KB]
1995  

Finance and construction are tools
A study designed to show how finance and construction can help create stronger support for children and families.
[PDF 4.3MB]