Collective Impact – Cradle to Career

Check out this article in the NY Times about what’s possible when organizations and individuals work together in comprehensive coordination.

“Since the launch of the network, the partners have reported gains in several areas on Strive’s annual “report cards”. Among students in the Cincinnati Public Schools, for example, over the past three years, kindergarten readiness has jumped 9 percent; fourth grade reading and math have increased 7 percent and 14 percent, respectively; and the high school graduation rate is up 11 percent. At the University of Cincinnati graduation rates for students from local urban high schools jumped by 7 percent; at Northern Kentucky University, by 10 percent.

What distinguishes collective impact from run-of-the-mill collaboration is the quality of the partnership and the nature of the problem being addressed. Mark Kramer and John Kania, managing directors of a nonprofit consulting organization called FSG, which coined the term “collective impact,” identified five conditions for “collective success” in a recent essay in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Above all, they say, partners must come together and agree not just on common goals, but shared ways to measure success towards those goals. They must communicate on a regular basis. And there must be a “backbone” organization that is focused full-time on managing the partnership.

NY Times Article – Coming Together to Give Schools  A Boost

Strive Together

Stive’s Annual “Report Card” (how they are measuring what matters…)

Collective Impact Essay

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