Neighborhood Resource Initiative - ToolKit





Create Insights (NRI) Resources

The following additional tools are available for NRI participating organizations:

Data Consent Information 

The following language is suggested copy for participating organizations who wish to include in their existing program registration forms and/or registration packets to notify parents/caregivers about data permissions usage:

If your organization requires explicit consent from guardians regarding data, we have also provided a formatted version that includes parental signature:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my organization’s responsibility in this project?

Participating organizations must: 1) Input summer programs into DCoL profile before May 24, 20242) Host TWO program observations before Jul. 31.  3) Distribute digital surveys (provided by Big Thought)  4) Collect and submit all Enrollment-Attendance information once program ends or before Aug 15, 2024. All surveys and evaluation materials need to be turned in by August 15 2024. Anything after that date will not be accepted. Lacking any of these items may result in adjusted stipend.

What will happen with the information collected?

The Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at SMU is responsible for collecting un-biased observation data with no interest in the identities of specific instructors or program facilitators. Big Thought reviews the aggregated evaluation data to understand the overall levels of program access, student dosage, and program quality and then provides participating organizations their raw site-level survey data collected during the summer. Big Thought will also provide participating organizations with one (1) complimentary license to access the Expanded Learning Information System (ELIS); a dynamic dashboard with program and site-level reports from data collected during summer. 

Why do participating organizations collect and submit programming data?

The Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at SMU has partnered with Big Thought to evaluate the DCOL system. As part of the NRI grant guidelines the NRI recipients that collect student attendance, administer surveys, and conduct programming observations, receive access to basic and robust data sets to use to improve their programming and apply for external support resources.

Where should I send my invoices?

Please submit your invoices to: [email protected]
Note: The final installment of your total grant amount will be processed when all grant requirements as outlined in agreement are completed and confirmed.
FOR QUESTIONS about already submitted invoices please email: [email protected].

Why do I need to submit a W-9 again this year?

For you to receive your grant stipend, we must have a current W-9 on file for you. Delay or failure to submit a current W-9 will delay your payment or may cause your grant to be rescinded.

Why do I need to have a Certificate of Insurance with general liability minimum of $1,000,000?

Having liability insurance coverage at this level is a best practice to protect yourself and your organization.

Upon completion of your summer programming submit your completed enrollment-attendance sheets.

For all DCoL platform questions: Victoria Liguez at Big Thought

[email protected] or 214-520-0023.

For all program evaluation questions: Big Thought Institute at 214-520-0023.