StriveTogether Theory of Action:Creating Cradle to Career Proof Points

Partnerships in the EXPLORING gateway are working on the beginning pieces of formulating a partnership: convening the right people, committing to a common cradle to career vision for all kids, establishing the right tables to get the job done, selecting community level outcomes to hold the Partnership accountable, and ensuring sustainability through selecting an anchor entity to support the work.

Theory of Action - Exploring

A cross-sector Partnership with a defined geographic scope organizes around a cradle to career vision.

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Quality Benchmark: A cross-sector partnership with a defined geographic scope organizes around a cradle to career vision.

Key Considerations:

Engage multiple sectors in the partnership, including, but not limited to:

o   Business
o   Philanthropy
o   Early childhood education
o   K-12 education
o   Post-secondary education
o   Civic/Government
o   Community-based organizations
 
How do these different sectors demonstrate their engagement in the partnership?
 
How is the partnership's commitment to cradle to career vision demonstrated?
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

A cross-sector leadership table is convened with a documented accountability structure.

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Quality Benchmark: A cross-sector leadership table is convened with a documented accountability structure.

Key Considerations:

Engage multiple sectors in the partnership's leadership table, including, but not limted to:

o   Business
o   Philanthropy
o   Early childhood education
o   K-12 education
o   Post-secondary education
o   Civic/Government
o   Community-based organizations
 
How have the members of the leadership table demonstrated their commitment to the partnership?
 
How frequently is the leadership table convened?
 
What are the different tables of work groups within the accountability structure?
 
What are the different roles and responsibilities outlined as part of the accountability structure?
 
 

The Partnership formalizes a set of messages that are aligned and effectively communicated across partners and the community.

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Quality Benchmark: The partnership formalizes a set of messages that are aligned and communicated across partners and the community.

Key Considerations:

What are the key messages that the parnership would like to communicate about its work?

How are the key partnership messages communicated across partners?

How are the key partnership messages communicated across the community?

 
 

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The Partnership selects community level outcomes to be held accountable for improving.

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Quality Benchmark: The partnership selects community level outcomes to be held accountable for improving.

Key Considerations:

Consider the following community level outcomes for improvement:

o   Kindergarten Readiness
o   Early Grade Reading
o   Middle School Math
o   High School Graduation
o   Post-secondary Enrollment
o   Post-secondary Degree Completion
 
 

The Partnership selects core indicators for the community level outcomes.

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Quality Benchmark: The partnership selects core indicators for the community level outcomes.

Key Considerations:

What core indicators has the partnership selected to measure the community level outcomes?

The Partnership commits to using continuous improvement to guide the work.

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Quality Benchmark: The partnership commits to using continuous improvement to guide the work.

Key Considerations:

How has your partnership demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement to guide the work of the partnership?

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An anchor entity is established and capacity to support the daily management of the partnership is in place.

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Quality Benchmark: An anchor entity is established and capacity to support the daily management of the partnership is in place.

Key Considerations:

What organization(s) is playing the role of anchor entity for the partnership? 

Why is this organization appropriate for this role?

What capacity is in place to support the daily management of the partnership?

The Partnership engages funders to support the operations and collaborative work of partners to improve outcomes

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Quality Benchmark: The partnership engages funders to support the operations and collaborative work of partners to improve outcomes.

Key Considerations:

What potential funders has the partnership identified to support the operations and collaborative work of the partnership?

How have funders been engaged?

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