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The 2013 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. .5 Mb)
Previous Annual Reports:
The 2011 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 11 Mb)
The 2010 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 11 Mb)
The 2009 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 6 Mb)
The 2008 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 8 Mb)
While KaBOOM! helps communities build playgrounds in a matter of weeks, the impact goes above and beyond a healthy play space for kids. A new Knight Foundation report finds that the projects help volunteers and local organizations cultivate the skills, confidence and inspiration to get more involved in their communities. KaBOOM!: Playgrounds that Build Communities, the first in-depth evaluation on the organization, provides lessons for groups seeking to engage volunteers in community change efforts.
Playgrounds That Build Communities (approx. 1.5 Mb)
Released June 2, 2010 by the Monitor Institute, Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale: A Case History of KaBOOM!, examines the innovation in organizational growth implemented by KaBOOM!. Learn more.
In municipalities across America, engaged citizens and civic leaders are actively seeking innovative ways to improve the accessibility, quality, and quantity of play and play spaces for children. To help cities build awareness & political capital and develop a policy on play, KaBOOM! identified 12 relevant and innovative best practices in play.
Play Matters - Full Report (approx. 2.5 Mb)
Play Matters - Full Report with Extended Case Studies
(approx. 4 Mb)
Download individual sections of the report
Beginning in May 2007, KaBOOM! engaged the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) of Northwestern University to conduct an evaluation of its Community Build process and the impact the projects are having on local neighborhoods.
Download the executive summary - (approx. 32Kb)
Download the presentation - (approx. 700Kb)