Pillar 1: Shared Community Vision

Organizations, institutions and community members align their work to support the cradle-to-career vision.

Key Considerations

How are organizations and institutions aligning goals, structures and activities to the cradle-to-career vision?

Are organizations actively engaged in the partnership representative of multiple sectors and institutions?

Are community members involved in key partnership activities?

Partners effectively communicate in ways that demonstrate shared accountability for results and build community engagement.

Key Considerations

Are different communication strategies in place for multiple target audiences?

Do communication strategies have clear results?

Are communication strategies being analyzed for impact and continuously improved?

Has there been a demonstrable shift in community rhetoric around education and accountability?

Pillar 2: Evidence-based Decision-making

Student-level data is accessible and used regularly by relevant partners to inform actions to improve outcomes and narrow disparities.

Key Considerations

Is data infrastructure in place to collect and report student-level data needed for continuous improvement?

Has the time to access data been narrowed to support real-time decision making?

Is the data for continuous improvement accessed on a regular basis by partners who need to take action to improve outcomes?

Are partners demonstrating a culture of data use by using data for organizational improvement?

Pillar 3: Collaborative Action

Partners use a variety of data to continuously improve and implement strategies that intentionally accelerate outcomes for populations facing persistent disparities.

Key Considerations

Are partners using data to measure the impact of their organizational strategies and change course when needed?

Are partners intentionally working to implement universal and targeted strategies, track results and make adaptations?

Do continuous improvement efforts balance the use of local data, community expertise and national research?

Do continuous improvement efforts improve a deeper understanding of what impacts student success?

Collaborative action efforts are sustained to improve outcomes and narrow disparities.

Key Considerations

Are resources, attention and momentum sustained or improved after initial action planning?

Are partners managing transitions in organizations to maintain involvement in collaborative action efforts?

Have partners scaled “bright spot” best practices, not just random acts of collaborative action?

Are collaborative action efforts being sustained without significant support from backbone organizations?

Community members are involved in the co-development of solutions to improve outcomes.

Key Considerations

Are community members intentionally engaged as sources of valuable data for identifying root causes and potential solutions for improving an outcome?

Are the stakeholders most affected by decisions effectively engaged in the process for developing and implementing solutions to improve an outcome?

Pillar 4: Investment & Sustainability

Public and private dollars are targeted to spread and sustain data-driven practices.

Key Considerations

Are financial and community resources being allocated and aligned by local partners to show positive impact on indicators or community-level outcomes?

Are partners obtaining collaborative funding for strategies that impact indicators or community-level outcomes?

Partners consistently build capability and staff are supported with sustainable funding to implement the evolving partnership strategy.

Key Considerations

Do partners represent the needed skills to execute and sustain cradle-to-career efforts?

Are leadership transitions managed through a process that articulates the roles, responsibilities and skills required for partnership engagement?

Has the partnership secured sustainable funding for multiple years?

Public and organizational policies change to support improvement of community-level outcomes and narrow disparities.

Key Considerations

Have changes to institutional or public policy been agreed upon, identified and introduced?

Has at least one institutional policy change been made to enable and/or sustain improvement in a community-level outcome?

Has at least one public policy change been made to enable and/or sustain improvement in a community-level outcome?