Assessing the Impact of Place-Based Scholarships on Post-Secondary Attainment and Local Economic Development

Project Dates

06/16/2014 - 05/31/2016


The Upjohn Institute oversaw a multi-faceted research initiative assessing the impact of place-based scholarships on post-secondary attainment and local economic development. The project involved the development of an integrated database covering post-secondary enrollment and attainment in five Promise communities, a series of working papers based on this data by researchers in five Promise communities using a common analytical framework, and the development of a Web-based clearinghouse of promising practices for Promise communities that includes best-practices information on how to track the impact of Promise programs. Institute staff members directed the project, which involved twelve researchers from six institutions. The overall goal was to help transform the current ad hoc nature of Promise research into a more coordinated and robust body of work that could help Promise communities maximize impact of their programs.


Lumina Foundation

Subject Area

EDUCATION; Promise scholarships; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning