Staff Resources

NPEA has compiled a number of resources for education access professionals. Please click on the links below to view available topic-specific resources, and let us know if you have resource recommendations and/or suggestions you have found particularly helpful in your work.



NPEA staff compiled best practices from our 2010 conference based on the index cards conference participants filled out to reflect on workshop sessions. View/Download

Evidence for What Works in Education (Institute of Education Sciences)



12 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings–and your Board (Gail Perry Fired Up Fundraising)

Board Members are Not Hypothetical Constructs (Guidestar)

Clients at the Center: Realizing the Potential of Multi-Service Organizations (Bridgespan)

Increasing Civic Reach (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Keeping Your Board Engaged for Your Cause (Guidestar)



College Advising for Undocumented Students (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling)

Examples of New Affordability Initiatives at Private, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities: Academic Year 2013-2014 (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)

Pathways to Success: Integrating Learning with Life and Work to Increase National College Completion (Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance)

The College Completion Agenda (CollegeBoard Advocacy & Policy Center)

The Distribution of Grants and Scholarships by Race (Mark Kantrowitz, Study Aid Policy Analysis)

The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in the Educational Attainment of Community College Students (American Association of Community Colleges)

The Role of Social Supports and Self-Efficacy in College Success (Pathways to College Network, IHEP and NCAN)

Trends and Indicators: College Readiness (New England Board of Higher Education)

Trends and Indicators: High School Success (New England Board of Higher Education)



Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Associations with Student Characteristics, School Readiness, and Third Grade Outcomes (Applied Survey Research)



Four Questions to Answer in Every Appeal (Guidestar)

Evaluation Toolkit for College Access Programs (The Pell Institute and Pathways to College Network)

How Well Are American Students Learning? (2013 Brown Center Report on American Education)

Making Every Diploma Count: Using Extended-Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success (American Youth Policy Forum)

Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement’s Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Academic Outcomes (Public/Private Ventures)

The Many Faces of Nonprofit Accountability (Harvard Business School)

Using Data to Drive Change: A Guide for College Access and Success Stakeholders (OMG Center for Collaborative Learning)

Spotlight on Data-Driven Decision-Making (Education Week)



Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

From Access to Success: A Funder’s Guide to Ensuring More Americans Earn Postsecondary Degrees (Grantmakers for Education)

Why Aren’t Fundraisers Asking for Referrals? Coaching Tips for Not-for-Profit Managers (Guidestar)

How to Rethink Fundraising (Harvard Business Review)

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource (Harvard Family Research Project)

Scaling Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

What Every Board Member Needs to Know About Fundraising (Gail Perry Fired Up Fundraising)



2008-09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences)

After-School Programs for High School Students: An Evaluation of After School Matters (The Wallace Foundation)

Clients at the Center: Realizing the Potential of Multi-Service Organizations (Bridgespan)

Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice (National Education Policy Center)

Increasing Civic Reach (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Next Generation Learning: Can We Crack Four Problems to Unleash Quality Education for All? (The Bridgespan Group)

Roadmap for Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion (Excelencia in Education)

Teacher Prep (National Council on Teacher Quality)

The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector (Guidestar)

The Missing Link in School Reform (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

The ‘Personalization’ of Higher Education – Using Technology to Enhance the College Experience (Center for American Progress)

The Undereducated American (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce)

Unlocking Doors and Expanding Opportunity: Moving Beyond the Limiting Reality of College and Career Readiness in California High Schools (Education Trust-West)

Whole Child Podcast (ASCD)

Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success (Harvard Family Research Project)



Commongood Careers – nonprofit executive search firm supporting the hiring needs of the nation’s leading nonprofits and social innovators

Nonprofit Compensation Report (Guidestar)



Getting Social Media Right: A Short Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (The Bridgespan Group)

How to Improve Your Site’s Bounce Rate (Intro to Google Analytics Advanced Filtering) (Nonprofit Technology Network)

Website Redesign Planning and Progress Kit (Hubspot)

How to Use Facebook for Businesses (Hubspot)

Five Effective Ways Nonprofits Can Use the Internet to Communicate and Market to Their Audiences (Guidestar)

Internet Marketing and Web Development in Higher Education (.eduGuru)



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Collective Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Integrating Youth Services (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges (The Bridgespan Group)



Has Your Organization Successfully Moved from Strategic Planning to Implementation? (Bridgestar)

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results (Bridgestar)

The Bridgespan Group – nonprofit that offers strategic consulting, executive search, philanthropy advising, and tools to help nonprofits achieve significant results



Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success

Hours of Opportunity – report from the RAND corporation on lessons from 5 cities on building systems to improve after-school, summer school, and other out-of-school time programs

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning (Rand Education, The Wallace Foundation)

Secrets of Successful After School Programs: What Research Reveals (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Texas Developmental Summer Bridge Study (MDRC)

Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success (Harvard Family Research Project)



A Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Education (IHEP – Portraits Series)

Improving Latino College Completion: What State Legislators Should Know (National Conference of State Legislatures)

Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color (CLASP Policy Brief)

Men of Color: Ensuring the Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education (IHEP)

The Trouble with Boys: Social Influences and the Gender Gap in Disruptive Behavior (The National Bureau of Economic Research)