A New Approach to Collective Impact Within the Urban Ecosystem

StrivePartnership was founded with a belief that through collective impact we could help improve education outcomes throughout the community. While we still believe in this approach, we have adapted the tradition collective impact perspective in a way that we think enhances the work we do

Our primary driver is a model of the urban education ecosystem that goes beyond the more institution-centric positioning that often frames collective impact work. It builds on this foundation by affirming the role that intimate influencers and community assets have on students’ learning.

The model, which places the student at its center, is represented by spheres of influence that acknowledge that the student is surrounded first by an “influencer sphere” of individuals with whom she or he trusts and interacts with intimately. Surrounding this sphere is a “community sphere,” which reflects the community organizations and informal associations aligned with place. Beyond this is an “institutional sphere,” which includes many of the organizations and agencies that typically drive collective impact for urban youth. At the outer edge is a “systems sphere,” which includes large, mostly governmental agencies that drive policies.

Learn more about this approach and the reasoning and process by which we achieved it.