Theory of Action
The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network is guided by the Theory of Action. Built on lessons from network members, our Theory of Action helps communities build and sustain civic infrastructure.
More flexible than a model, our framework acts as a guide for those willing to commit over the long term to developing the right civic infrastructure that meets the unique needs of their local community.
Our Theory of Action’s benchmarks distinguish this work from traditional collaboration and other collective impact approaches. With a focus on quality and results, they are critical for ensuring a community transforms how it serves children. Most importantly, communities achieve population-level impact when the student indicators set by the local partnership consistently move in the right direction.
Communities that embrace StriveTogether’s approach make progress in building civic infrastructure to improve outcomes, eliminate disparities and expand opportunities for every child. As more communities successfully meet these quality benchmarks and have impact on student outcomes, we will collectively move toward achieving our ultimate goal of changing systems and supporting the success of every child, cradle to career.