New York Times columnist David Brooks on Community Problem-Solving

David Brooks visits the Spartanburg Academic Movement to learn about StriveTogether’s model for community-based partnerships.

StriveTogether is a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids. A grantee of Ballmer Group, StriveTogether supports 70 communities like the one in Spartanburg, reaching 10 million children.

These communities coordinate across a host of nonprofits and government agencies that touch a child’s life – education, homelessness, public safety, health. The key to success is a backbone organization to coordinate the action and make meaning of the data at the system level. StriveTogether helps these partnerships by coaching and training the backbone organization on how to convene the partners, agree on common outcomes, use data, measure outcomes, and continuously improve

As Brooks notes, “these collective impact approaches are exciting and potentially revolutionary. Trust is built and the social fabric is repaired when people form local relationships around shared tasks.”