Pillar 1: Shared Community Vision

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:

• Philanthropy
• Business
• Early childhood education
• K-12 education
• Postsecondary education
• Public sector
• 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

Key Considerations

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

  • Philanthropy
  • Business
  • Early childhood education
  • K-12 education
  • Postsecondary education
  • Public sector
  • 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.

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?

Pillar 2: Evidence-based Decision-making

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

Key Considerations

Consider the following community level outcomes for improvement:

  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Early grade reading
  • Middle school math
  • High school graduation
  • Postsecondary enrollment
  • Postsecondary degree completion

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?
Pillar 3: Collaborative Action

The partnership commits to using a continuous improvement process to guide the work.

Key Considerations

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

Pillar 4: Investment & Sustainability

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 investors to support the operations and collaborative work of partners to improve outcomes.

Key Considerations

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

How have funders been engaged?