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Salt Lake Collective Impact Partnership (SLCI)

A robust cross-sector initiative, for which the United Way of Salt Lake serves as the facilitating organization, has been established in the Salt Lake City, Utah area to improve outcomes for all residents, but particularly those in the most disadvantaged communities. Staff from participating organizations in this collective impact initiative are working together to improve health, economic well-being, and long-term stability and success for children and families. A key strategy is engaging the entire community to support children in reaching important milestones throughout their academic experience, starting with kindergarten readiness. REL West will build the capacity of the United Way team and their partners to leverage research evidence, better make decisions with local data, and employ an improvement science approach to engage in action planning and resource allocation in a continuous improvement process.

Partnership Objectives

The primary goal of the SLCI Partnership is to increase the use of data and evidence to continuously improve outcomes for children in the Salt Lake region, with a particular focus on those living in disadvantaged communities, specifically: Kindergarten readiness, grade 3 reading proficiency, grade 8 math proficiency, on-time graduation and college and career readiness, and postsecondary attainment of a certificate or degree. SLCI will achieve this by focusing on:

  • Identifying high-leverage, research-based practices to support at-risk children and families.
  • Building partner capacity to make evidence-based decisions and understand the effectiveness of their interventions.
  • Strengthening partners’ continuous improvement processes to make progress toward the collective’s shared goals.
  • Learning together how to facilitate effective collaboration and build initiative system capacity to sustain and scale this work over time.

Projects

Improving Priority Outcomes. REL West is assisting initiative partners to more deeply understand the research applicable to their key outcomes and determine what local data they could examine over time to track progress.

Supporting a Chronic Absence Network. Local schools and districts have formed a network to learn together to reduce chronic absence rates. REL West is coaching on continuous improvement processes.

Partners

REL West’s primary partner is the United Way of Salt Lake. Their cross-sector collective impact initiative includes approximately five school districts, six municipalities and counties, the Utah State Board of Education, other state- and county-level human service agencies, and a range of businesses and community and philanthropic organizations.