Advancing social justice requires people to have access to quality information and data. Examples of some of the resources Converge has created to advance our work are included below.

Equity Matters

Equity Matters was developed to accompany the launch of the the New Orleans Education Equity Index website. It uses disaggregated data to assess how public schools in New Orleans are performing across dozens of measures of educational equity. The report is part of a collaborative effort between Converge, the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and the Orleans Public Education Network to promote educational equity in New Orleans public schools by making equity data more accessible and useful to schools, families and policy makers.

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GNOFN K-10 Report

Fulfilling the Promise: Making New Orleans A Just and Resilient City recaps a decade of philanthropic investment in Greater New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill Disaster. In this report, the founding members of what would become the Greater New Orleans Funders Network, reflect on the impact of more than $570 million in collective philanthropic investments in the region since 2005.

“With decades of combined experience both nationally and in the region, we recognize that New Orleans has reached a pivotal moment, an opportunity to move beyond recovery to become a thriving city guided by equity and justice.”

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Challenging Criminalization

Commissioned by the Ford Foundation, Challenging Criminalization: How New Orleans Criminalizes Women, Girls, Youth and LGBTQ & Latinx People, explores the criminal justice systems through the experiences of communities not often centered in the current debates about reforming the New Orleans criminal justice system. This report compiles statistical data and community data gleaned from over 40 interviews and 4 focus groups.

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State of Grade-Level Reading in New Orleans

A Call to Improve Third-Grade Reading Proficiency was issued by Converge in partnership with the Institute of Mental Hygiene and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana to draw attention to the alarming rate at which low income children of color are not reaching the critical milestone of learning to read by the end of the third grade. This report helped launch the New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

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Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

Strategic plan

Phyllis M. Taylor Center

Strategic plan

The Albert and Tina Small Center

Strategic plan

The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Community Solutions Action Plan Outline

New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board

2015-2016 Biennial Report
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