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Collective Impact Framework Advances Degree Completion in Florida

Author: Helios Education Foundation

August 22, 2019

Addressing Florida’s workforce readiness gap, local college access networks (LCANs), with guidance and leadership from the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), are increasing the number of individuals who receive career readiness education and/or complete a postsecondary degree or certification. 

In the newly published brief, Collective Impact that Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida, researchers at Helios Education Foundation outline statewide efforts to increase the number of individuals who complete postsecondary education. “Education changes lives and strengthens communities,” said Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. “We hope this brief informs leaders throughout Florida of best practices to increase postsecondary degree attainment and the number of people who are workforce ready.” 

The impact of both FCAN and LCANs upon closing the workforce readiness gap experienced by a number of communities throughout Florida is largely attributed to LCAN’s adoption of the collective impact framework for social change. “While a number of communities rely on collaboration between various sectors, implementation of the collective impact framework has proven successful in breaking silos and creating a pathway that leads from education to employment,” said Dr. Paul Perrault, Vice President of Research and Evaluation at Helios Education Foundation. 

While each community’s approach to outlining local needs is unique, identification of a backbone organization which serves to coordinate efforts is critical. What is also critical is each member’s ownership of the collective goal. “Under the collective impact framework, LCAN leaders are co-owners of the goal. They share responsibility for that goal. The level of buy-in is different and more powerful in terms of getting metrics to move,” said Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director of the Florida College Access Network. 

Become informed about implementation of the collective impact framework, learn from proven successes that led Floridians from education to employability, and read recommendations that scale the work of local college access networks in Collective Impact that Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida, downloadable at http://www.helios.org/news-media/publications

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