We believe that improving economic mobility will take local focus, unified effort, and hard work.

Through visiting and researching community-based partnerships around the United States, we have seen that ambitious goals can be accomplished when residents and local leaders join with those working in multiple sectors (nonprofit, business, and government) to focus on achieving outcomes. We have learned that the lives of kids and families in poverty can improve greatly when these partnerships take accountability, measure the data that matters, and share what works.

We look for the following four qualities to help identify successful community-based partnerships:

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT - The partnership is comprised of strong, active, and representative stakeholders.

OUTCOMES - All partners are committed to measurable and equitable outcomes.

IMPROVEMENT - The partnership collects and analyzes data to measure effectiveness and continuous improvement.

IMPACT - There is evidence of improved outcomes related to economic mobility.

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