Assessment of a Strategic Partnership
The Future Foundation formed a strategic partnership with other community agencies to provide support services to students at-risk of dropping out of high school. The partnership focused on one low-performing high school cluster. The Future Foundation was interested in assessing this model to determine if it could be scaled for replication in other similar school clusters as a mechanism to extend the reach and impact of the organization.
GSG conducted an organizational assessment in order to strengthen, and potentially replicate, the partnership model. The assessment included:
Interviews with partner representatives, including teachers, counselors, principals, program staff, and administrators
Focus groups with students served through the program
Focus groups with parents of students in the program, and those not in the program
Review of administrative processes and procedures
Benchmarking of similar partnerships in other communities to examine processes for referral, intake, registration, data management, service delivery, and administrative operations including technology, accounting, and hiring.
A gap analysis was completed with recommendations for improvement, resulting in an implementation roadmap. GSG was subsequently invited to facilitate a strategy session with external experts to provide guidance on the replication model and necessary processes.