How We Work

What makes The Albany Promise unique is our process. We use a rigorous, data-driven, grasstops-and-grassroots approach to convene partners into action teams, focusing on improving outcomes and indicators, leveraging existing resources, including the voice of the community, and engaging in collaborative action.

Action Teams
The partnership gets its work done on the ground through action teams, composed of partners who have content expertise, knowledge or influence in the community, or control over resources or strategies needed to move the work forward. These partners are often direct service providers who work with schools, students, families, or policy implementers. Together, the teams create charters to hold each other accountable to the partnership and develop the right scope to reach their goals.

Scoping The Work
When confronting the myriad challenges we face, it can be difficult to know where to start. Part of effecting change is acknowledging that we can’t boil the ocean. Proper scoping of the work is critical to being able to have impact. Action teams are advised to always keep in mind what practices/policies/resources they can influence, rather than the ones they cannot. This enables action teams to create action plans that the team can act on, instead of the all-too-common wish lists that invariably end up collecting dust on someone else’s shelf.

Identifying Outcomes and Indicators
Equally critical to the success of an action team is the selection of the right outcomes and indicators. Each team must have a way to measure both their short-and long-term progress, and have access to said data to be able to track the indicators on a frequent basis.

You will see these various indicators referred to on their corresponding action team pages.

Community Level Outcome
Proven key levers that need to be moved in order to achieve cradle to career success.

Contributing Indicators
Measure that is associated with improving the community level outcome that the action team is actively working on.

Monitoring Indicators
Measure that the team is not initially focusing on, but might eventually become a focus of the action team.

Contextual Indicators
Measure that is outside of the action team’s scope but needs to be monitored as it influences the partnership’s outcomes.



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