How do we know if we are making a difference?

The SAY partnership is focusing its efforts on Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic performance and Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) – which has a global impact on virtually all areas of development. SAY and Roosevelt University’s Policy Research Collaborative will measure these areas as they relate to our initiatives. This information will drive future direction of community efforts.

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How We Work

SAY uses the following approaches to guide our work:

Cradle to Career 

A continuum of development from birth to early adulthood during which intentional steps are taken by an individual to prepare for education, work and life success. We support the journey of our children/youth from birth through post-secondary education/employment.

Collective Impact

A framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.

Evidence Based Decision Making

The integration of professional wisdom with the best available empirical evidence in making decisions about how to act. This means that we collect, analyze, and use data to help inform our decisions and that data is used as a flashlight and not a hammer.

Continuous Improvement

The process by which a program or action is continually evaluated. Improvements are implemented based on data. We know we won’t always get it right on the first try and that real systemic improvement will take time and many small and big adjustment to stay on the path to reaching our goals.

Capacity Building

A people-focused endeavor that is a “process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world.” (Ann Philbin, Capacity Building in Social Justice Organizations, Ford Foundation, 1996)

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