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Graduate Strong is a "cradle to career" place-based partnership and a member of the StriveTogether national network of nearly 70 communities across 29 states and Washington DC.
StriveTogether has found that civic infrastructure- how a community organizes and holds itself accountable to achieve results- takes place across nine components and develops in a consistent pattern.
The nine components are:
Civic Infrastructure: How a community holds itself collectively accountable and organizes to
implement a cradle-to-career vision. The StriveTogether Theory of Action™ identifies four
pillars of work to build a civic infrastructure — Shared Vision, Evidence-based Decision Making,
Collaborative Action, and Investment and Sustainability.
Community Authority: Grounding work in the context of the community includes engaging a
broad array of community voices through building awareness and information sharing;
involving and mobilizing the community toward improvement; and co-developing solutions and
strategies with community members.
Contributing and Core Indicators: Core indicators are specific measures used to track progress
on community-level outcomes. Contributing indicators are measured against data available in
real time to indicate whether core indicators are improving. For example, early-grade reading
(community-level outcome) is typically measured by a state assessment (core indicator), and
chronic absenteeism can be used as a short-term predictor of students’ proficiency
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