Collective Impact Strategy

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Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education

Florida Reach is utilizing the Collective Impact Framework to support Florida's efforts of large scale social change in the area of youth and alumni of foster care and their access and success in higher education and post-college careers. The Collective Impact Framework employs five distinct conditions for social change: Backbone Organization, Common Agenda, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Shared Measurement, and Continuous Communication.

Backbone Organization

Focused on building a supportive pipeline through education to career for current and former foster youth, Florida Reach is a hub for resources, support and networking. As a backbone organization, Florida Reach supports Florida’s network of experts versus being an “expert organization”. Bringing together the combined energy and efforts from partners across the state allows Florida Reach to identify areas where resources are lacking and collaborate with partners to fill these gaps.

Common Agenda

Florida Reach is considering adopting the Lumina Big Goal of increasing the number of students from foster care who obtain high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. By aligning ourselves with the Lumina Big Goal, Florida Reach would like to join the Florida College Access Network and other stakeholders in education toward their efforts to achieve this goal.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Each partner in the Florida Reach Network plays a vital role in the education to career pipeline for current and former foster youth. As a partner in the Florida Reach Collective Impact strategy, partners agree to work collaboratively and share best practices, knowing that the best solution in one community may need adaptation for success in another community, or may not fit at all.

Florida Reach provides technical assistance to local communities who wish to develop on campus support programs designed to improve college and career readiness, access, and completion rates in their community.

Shared Measurement

By blending quantitative and qualitative data on program performance and participant outcomes and using a science-based evaluation plan, the Florida Reach team of evaluators works to illustrate the difference that our investment is making in the lives of current and former foster youth enrolled in postsecondary education throughout Florida.

The goals of this team includes to:

  • Develop evaluation plans
  • Construct logic models
  • Identify or develop appropriate measurement tools
  • Implement evaluation designs
  • Consult and train on data collection protocols
  • Coordinate with IT staff on the development of data collection systems
  • Conduct focus groups, interviews and surveys
  • Analyze data
  • Publish and disseminate findings

Continuous Communication:

To ensure that our diverse group of partners maintains an awareness of successes, challenges, priority issues and shared solutions, Florida Reach will support continuous communication through the Florida Reach Google Group listserv, monthly Florida Reach Network conference calls, and Network training opportunities.

Florida Reach Network Calls
These calls will be open to advisory board members, as well as college staff and community members who are working with to support foster youth and alumni enrolled in post-secondary education. Updates on the progress of Florida Reach will be sent to the network one week in advance of each call.

These calls will provide an opportunity for members of the network to identify concerns, discuss statewide data plans, and works towards the resource guide for the liaisons to use when working with foster youth and alumni.

Call will occur on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm. Conference Dial-in Number: 712-432-1500 Participant Access Code: 673626#