"Collective Impact Initiatives are long-term commitments by a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific problem. Their actions are supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, and ongoing communication, and are staffed by an independent backbone organization."
- John Kania & Mark Kramer, Collective Impact
By understanding our potential for Collective Impact in addition to Individual & Organizational Impact, we are able to take the incredible work that is happening and align it for maximum impact. In this way we can leverage existing resources and ensure that new actions being taken fully support all children as they move towards educational success without getting lost along the way. Changing the educational eco-system to support all kids by 2028 requires this focused and sustained effort by all of our Partners and our community.
The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network is national network of 64 community partnerships in 32 states and the District of Columbia that are leveraging cross-sector partnerships to create collective impact to improve education success for every child. Together these organizations are impacting over 8.2 million students across the United States.
The Marin Promise Partnership Theory of Action is based on the StriveTogether Network’s Framework for Building Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure. It consists of five stages: Exploring, Emerging, Sustaining, Systems Change and the Proof Point. Each stage has a series of benchmarks that are key steps in developing and sustaining the partnership. Marin Promise is proud to be at the Sustaining stage, moving towards Systems Change.
Our work is based on the following principles that underlie the work to impacting outcomes:
Engage the Community to lift up what is working already to benefit all students.
Focus on Eliminating Locally Defined Disparities by using data to determine where there is the greatest need.
Develop a Culture of Continuous Improvement to ensure improvement every year.
Leverage Existing Assets in the most efficient way to ensure that investments are in alignment with one another.