In Utah’s Salt Lake region, community leaders are tapping into the power of their collaboration to get better results for kids and families. This collective impact work is organized through Promise Partnership at United Way of Salt Lake, a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network.
After pinpointing absences in early grades as a barrier to reading development, Promise Partnership joined with StriveTogether to bring schools across the community together. Solutions were reached faster through collaboration, collecting data, testing strategies and sharing insights in real time.
The results were significant. At one school, chronic absenteeism among students with disabilities dropped from 21% to 17% during the 2015-16 school year. Within this group of students, the number who met reading benchmarks in third grade more than doubled.