Collective Impact Initiative Strategic Plan and Implementation
Achieve Palm Beach County is a collective impact initiative in Palm Beach County, Florida with a vision that every Palm Beach County high school graduate completes a post-secondary credential within six-years of high school graduation that prepares them for a meaningful career with a sustainable wage.
GSG was engaged to develop a strategic plan to guide the work of the collaborative group. This included facilitating a leadership forum of more than 80 community leaders from the government, education, nonprofit, philanthropic, and business communities. In the analysis phase of this work, GSG conducted the following activities:
Conducted focus groups with high school and college students, high school counselors, college advisors, and parent groups representing diverse groups of students
Analyzed college enrollment, persistence and completion data for all community high schools and the community overall
Conducted a survey of all community organizations supporting post-secondary access and completion and created an asset map of existing resources.
Following development of a comprehensive strategic plan, GSG was engaged to support the implementation of the initiative through the following projects:
Design of governance structures, including job descriptions for various roles
Creation of presentations to engage business and civic leaders
Creation of a 'Call to Action' including 'Area of Focus' summaries
Design and implementation of a community 'Launch Event'
Executive search for staff leadership
Design of work plans, agendas, worksheets, and facilitation protocols for strategy and support teams
Training and support of team leaders
Facilitating work among team leaders to ensure communication and coordination of effort.