A Confederacy of Dysfunctions
2/17/20 - “A system rife with dysfunctions that prevent us from making the kind of population-level change and reduction in disparities we desperately want to achieve…” That’s how I characterized what I and others call the Nonprofit Industrial Complex in my previous blog post. These dysfunctions in the massive mix...
Continuous Quality Improvement for Kindergarten Readiness
Ready for School, Ready for Life
How can a community ensure that every child in their county has access to health and education resources and opportunities they need so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn?
1/20/20 - In my blog post closing out 2019, I revisited the question I posed in March when I first launched this Finding Common Purpose blog: To what end? The question is so central, so important, that it cannot be asked too much. I’m starting out my 2020 posts by posing it again, in the context of where the blog is heading...
The Biogen STAR Initiative in Cambridge and Somerville
How can a foundation catalyze the growth of STEM ecosystems across local school districts?
How do you learn about families’ daily lived experience in a place? Field Notes from Guilford County, Part III
12/10/19 - In Part III of a series on our Continuous Quality Improvement work in Guilford County, Anand Dholakia describes how learning about families' lived daily experience shapes how we approach program quality.
School is the Means—A Good Paying Job Should Be the End
12/23/19 - To what end? That’s the question I posed back in March when I launched the blog Finding Common Purpose. It’s a question I continue to pose to myself and to the tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations, myriad government programs at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, thousands of foundations...
Boston WINS (Workforce Investment Network)
Coalition of Nonprofit Organizations
How can a group of nonprofit organizations, a public school district, and a foundation work together to create college and career readiness opportunities for all students as they graduate high school, succeed in post-secondary programs, and enter the workforce?