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Principles of Engagement

Principles of Engagement guide our work and help us focus on what really matters for more people to experience lifelong success.

These principles shape our Services and Projects with Partners.  

Work with a Common Purpose.
Continuously seek to strengthen coordination around a common purpose of enabling more people to progress from a healthy birth, to a quality education, a well-paying job, and healthy and secure aging.
Involve People in Communities.
Engage people and families as partners in planning, implementing, and measuring our efforts designed to create the conditions for their success.
Define What Matters.
Ensure our partners have a rigorous hypothesis for how their activities will measurably help more people succeed and achieve key milestones from one stage in life to the next.
Aim for Equity.
Approach our work by seeking to understand the community-wide conditions that enable people to thrive, with a focus on reducing disparities based on race, class, gender, geography, and other factors.
Think Big.
Seek to partner with public and private sector systems to improve the broader conditions that affect people’s lifelong success.
Make Smart Decisions.
Use data and evidence to continuously improve all aspects of work.
project

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?

The Duke Endowment

Services:Collective Action, Measurement, Learning & Improvement

Topics:Health & Well-Being, Education & Youth Development

Finding Common Purpose

To What End? Part I

3/25/19 - For the past year, I’ve been asking people from all walks of life what “success” looks like. I’ve done this because, from my vantage point, it seems reaching just a basic level of success is becoming more and more difficult for a growing number of people in our communities across the United States of America...

By Andrew Wolk

project

How can an organization drive collective action by working in partnership with a local school district and nonprofit partners to advance k-12 student outcomes, including college acceptance, completion and employment?

Say Yes Guilford

Services:Collective Action

Topics:Education & Youth Development

Finding Common Purpose

Are We Making Enough of a Difference?

3/11/19 - Back in 2011, Root Cause—the organization I founded, began a major project with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). If you’re not familiar, CBMA is the only national membership network solely committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys...

By Andrew Wolk

project

How can a foundation catalyze the growth of STEM ecosystems across local school districts?

Biogen Foundation

Services:Collective Action

Topics:Education & Youth Development