Black Male Achievement Outcomes Toolkit: Tools to benchmark progress and measure outcomes

Looking for resources to benchmark progress and measure outcomes? This collection of tools includes datasets, survey instruments, and interview protocols that have been used with black men and boys. Sources vary from the U.S. government to foundation research to doctoral dissertations.

Search for the tool that’s the best fit for you by Issue Area (Education, Employment, Family, Health, Justice, Other) and/or by Tool Type (Dataset, Interview Protocol, Survey, Other). Here’s a sample of some of what you’ll find:

Department of Education: Civil Rights Data Collection

The Civil Rights Data Collection provides downloadable Excel files containing national and state-wide enrollment in pre-K programs, enrollment in AP classes, out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, diplomas, and more. Data are disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability. View the tool >

Best for: Public education data and making comparisons with other demographic groups

Short Grit Scale

The Short Grit Scale was used recently by Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn to measure grit–the tendency to pursue long-term, challenging goals with perseverance and passion–among black male college students. The tool, itself, was designed by Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth and Dr. Patrick D. Quinn. View the tool >

Best for: Quick survey for measuring grit

Promise Neighborhoods Institute: Accelerating Results for Black Males

This resource guide by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink contains black male achievement indicators and numerous resources and recommendations for collecting data on black males in the community. View the tool >

Best for: Step-by-step guide to help neighborhoods identify and address barriers to improving outcomes of black boys and young men

For more tools, visit BMAfunders.org.

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