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The Promising Practices Network began in 1997 as a partnership between four state-level organizations that help public and private organizations improve the well-being of children and families. Due to funding constraints, the PPN project has concluded. The PPN website was archived in June 2014 and has not been updated since then.

Welcome to the Promising Practices Network

The Promising Practices Network (PPN) website is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families.

Sometimes referred to as a "best practices" site or a "model program" site, PPN is both of those things and much more. In addition to providing summaries of effective programs in our Programs that Work section, PPN also features Issue Briefs that summarize the research on various topics, as well as Expert Perspectives, where child policy experts answered our visitors' most pressing questions on a variety of topics. PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information on effective Service Delivery.

In addition to the breadth of information PPN provides, visitors can rely on PPN to provide information that has met our high standards for scientific credibility, objectivity, and clarity.


Promising Practices Network project is closed, website is archived

It is with regret that we inform you that the Promising Practices Network has come to an end. Due to funding constraints, the PPN project and website have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

The PPN website will be archived online and will remain publicly available, but will no longer be updated. In the event that the project secures additional funding in the future, the PPN website may be restored.

It has been our honor to serve as a resource to the community of programs, funders, and policymakers that work together to effect concrete change in the lives of children, youth, and their families. We thank you sincerely for the work that you do, and we are humbled to have been a part of that work.

Awards and Honors

The PPN website has been recognized with the following awards and honors:

Innovations in American Government Awards logo

Innovations in American Government Awards
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
(Award Finalist 2006)

Child & Family WebGuide logo

Child & Family WebGuide
Tufts University