Collective Impact

Using Collective Impact programs, Educate Texas can help align systems within a community and use data to identify and scale what is working in that community. Community leaders from different sectors come together with Educate Texas to establish a common vision for the community or region, set milestones to measure success, use evidence-based findings to refine strategies, match stakeholders and resources to expand successful practices, and identify a supporting organization to assist in carrying out the plan. By sharing strengths and focusing on common goals, communities build capacity for problem solving, rather than working independently and learning what works through trial and error.

As facilitator, Educate Texas seeks to improve how cross-sector partners work together by building on strengths and evidence of what works to discover what programs and practices can be scaled for wider implementation.

Regional Initiatives

After a long standing relationship with districts and higher education partners in El Paso, Educate Texas engaged a cross-sector of leaders in education, business, non-profit and philanthropy in an effort to accelerate and align promising practices in the community. The initiation of the Collective Impact work was catalyzed by the 60x30TX higher education strategic plan - to ensure that by 2030, at least 60 percent of young adults ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. The Collective Impact work aims to ensure a high quality education and quality of life are a reality for all current and future El Paso students.

As one of the state’s major economic regions, Midland relies on a population of skilled, credentialed workers and strong educational institutions to remain competitive. Educate Texas brought together leaders in education, non-profit, business and philanthropy to leverage the strengths of cross-sector stakeholders to explore and refine strategies to achieve common goals in the cradle-to-career pipeline. Additionally, Educate Texas supported the establishment of the backbone organization to sustain the Midland collective impact initiative, Educate Midland.

In the Rio Grande Valley counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Pharr and Willacy, 90 percent of students are Hispanic, and 86 percent are economically disadvantaged — two often-overlapping populations that are underrepresented in higher education. RGV FOCUS is a Collective Impact collaboration with Educate Texas to improve college readiness, access and success across the Rio Grande Valley.