Outcomes Toolkit

Looking for resources to benchmark progress and measure outcomes? This collection of tools includes datasets, survey instruments, and interview protocols that have been used with Black men and boys. Sources vary from the U.S. government to foundation research to doctoral dissertations.

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Schott Foundation for Public Education: Black Boys Data

The website offers an interactive map of Black male graduation rates, NAEP reading and math scores, suspension rates, and more. Rankings of states and large districts are also available. View the tool >

Best for: Snapshot of how states and large districts are performing in educating Black males


Short Grit Scale

The Short Grit Scale was used by Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn to measure grit–the tendency to pursue long-term, challenging goals with perseverance and passion–among Black male college students. The tool, itself, was designed by Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth and Dr. Patrick D. Quinn. View the tool >

Best for: Quick survey for measuring grit


U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder

American FactFinder is an online tool to search data from the Census Bureau’s censuses and surveys. Some data are disaggregated by race/ethnicity and sex and are searchable by state, county, and metropolitan area. View the tool >

Best for: Wide variety of data points, and comparisons with other demographic groups and geographic areas


U.S. Department of Justice: Arrest Data Analysis Tool

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Labor Statistics has created an Arrest Data Analysis Tool, providing national and agency-level arrest estimates for different offenses, beginning in 1980. Data are available by race/ethnicity, sex, or age. View the tool >

Best for: Arrest data (though not disaggregated by race/ethnicity and sex)


U.S. Department of Justice: Homicide Trends

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics reports homicide victimization and offending trends, disaggregated by race, sex, and age, beginning in 1976. View the tool >

Best for: Disaggregated homicide data