We believe we can achieve the Road Map 2020 Goal by working together in five key areas:
#1 Powerful Community Voice. We need to strengthen public demand among parents, community members,students, and people from all sectors for excellence and equity.
#2 Strong Data Capability. Better use of data helps practitioners and community members see clearly what is working and what is not. We believe in setting targets and using data to track results and make changes as necessary. We must learn what works and spread it.
#3 Funding Alignment.Private and public funders can help accelerate progress by using the Road Map indicators as investment metrics and by supporting system-building strategies. Working alone, funders often reinforce silos. Working collectively, funders boost collective impact.
#4 Increasing Committed Partners and Building Alliances. The pace of progress will depend on the level of commitment to the Road Map 2020 Goal and targets from education institutions, youth development organizations, and other key stakeholders. Achieving our desired level of change will take massive and sustained effort. Success will only be possible with significant alignment among major implementers.
#5 Building Stronger Systems. The Road Map Project is setting system-level improvement targets and, with the help of Road Map Work Groups, creating Action Plans that will help propel progress.
The idea of collective action is pretty simple. No single program, organization, or institution acting in isolation can bring about large-scale social change on their own. Community level change requires the concerted efforts of the many players who can contribute to better system performance to band together around a common agenda. Collective action is a new way of working that allows individual efforts to add up to big change.
In 2010, FSG’s John Kania and Mark Kramer coined the term “collective impact” in their article by the same name, in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. A collective impact effort involves many players, spans across jurisdictions, and works towards a common goal with common ways to measure progress. This concept is fundamental to the Road Map Project.
Too often in education the work is done in disconnected silos. Early learning does not connect with the primary grades, nor do high schools align well with institutions of higher education. Community resources that are intended to help kids are often completely walled off from teachers and school leaders. Parents may or may not be engaged; the same is the case for many communities. So much power is wasted because there is no easy or organized way to work together. We have many high quality programs and individual schools, but somehow they don’t add up to a highly effective cradle to college and career system. The result is that thousands of kids are left behind and fall through the cracks.
The Road Map Project is creating a common agenda and structures that will support collective action. If we act together in new and powerful ways, we can have a tremendous collective impact on the future of the young people and communities of our region.