KaBOOM! reports and studies

Annual Report

When we put kids first, what unites us becomes so much more important than what divides us. In 2017, we made play opportunities available to hundreds of thousands of kids in neighborhoods that need it most all across the country.

 KaBOOM! Annual Report 2017

Previous Annual Reports


Play Everywhere Playbook

Leveraging our own play infrastructure expertise and collaborations with cities and partners, we've developed a number of successful approaches to creating kid-friendly, playful cities. With input and insight from city and community leaders, health experts, urban planners and affected families, we've created this toolkit – the Play Everywhere Playbook.

Play Everywhere Playbook


Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities

New research from KaBOOM! and behavioral economics research firm ideas42 shows that cities must become more playable to ensure that all kids across every socio-economic background are getting the balanced and active play they need to thrive. The resulting white paper, Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities, identifies the behavioral bottlenecks that prevent kids from getting balanced and active play and three solutions cities can take to holistically address them.

Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities - Executive Summary (approx. 1 Mb)
  Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities - Full (approx. 1 Mb)


Play Matters: Giving Kids the Childhood They Deserve

Whether building the skills children need to succeed in the 21st century or simply giving children joy, play is an essential part of childhood. But in recent decades, play as we know it has been slowly disappearing. The video I Believe in Play and "Play Matters: Giving Kids the Childhood They Deserve," presents what parents, educators, sociologists and pediatricians have known for years: kids need a balance of all types of active play to grow into healthy, successful adults.

 Playgrounds That Build Communities (approx. 3.4 Mb)


Play Everywhere

Mattel, Mattel Children's Foundation and KaBOOM!, joined forces to make the case that play matters, producing a major study with children about how to get kids playing more, a compelling summary of existing research about play's benefits, and accompanying videos that we hope will inspire others to act. The Play Everywhere video and accompanying Play Everywhere publication are an initial look at what we heard directly from kids. Most importantly, kids want to be challenged, to use their imaginations, and have the opportunity to bond with their friends.

 Play Everywhere (approx. 2.2 Mb)


Playgrounds that Build Communities

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)


Monitor Report

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!. 

 Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale (1 Mb)


Play Matters

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 and 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)


ABCD Impact Study

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)