Strive Theory of Action

Strive’s Theory of Action establishes benchmarks for communities who sign on to becoming a member of the Network

Signing Strive’s Commitment to Quality Benchmarks for Building a Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure was a topic of discussion at last week’s Student Success Core Team meeting. Signing the Commitment to Quality means we have looked at the Strive Theory of Action document and agree to meet the benchmarks within the “Exploring Gateway” phase, working our way towards meeting benchmarks in the Emerging, Sustaining and Systems Change Gateways.

The “Commitment” has four components that partnerships commit to:

  1. Assessing and sharing progress of the Partnership using the Theory of Action
  2. Working with Strive staff and Network members to refine the Theory of Action
  3. Building the necessary local data management infrastructure to collect, analyze and report data
  4. Modeling a commitment to continuous improvement by sharing success and failures related to how the partnership has applied learning in operations and implementation

Here’s the intro text:

For decades, communities have worked to improve educational achievement through piecemeal reforms and investments in siloed systems and programs with little success. Recognizing the need for a new and innovative approach to improving student outcomes and drawing upon lessons learned from cross-sector partnership work across the country, Strive has developed a framework for building the civic infrastructure needed to support the success of every child, every st ep of the way, cradle to career as well as a continuum of quality benchmarks called the Theory of Action to as a guide to implementing the framework with quality and rigor.
Communities who build cradle to career civic infrastructure embody the idea of “shared accountability and differentiated responsibility,” in which each partner has a defined role in achieving a shared vision of improved outcomes for children. These communities allow data to drive their decisions about where resources flow, which interventions are scaled and upon which target populations to focus.
To more effectively and expeditiously address the challenges that inevitably emerge when engaging in this transformative work, these communities are convened as the Strive Cradle to Career Network to share lessons learned, ideas, and innovations.
We discussed the benefits and possible drawbacks of signing the commitment and using a “Fist to Five” voting method the Core Team agreed to sign the document. The biggest benefits to us, and the students in our area, will be the structure provided by the Theory of Action and being connected to others working intentionally to support kids from cradle to career.