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The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative focused on doubling the number of students on track to graduate with a postsecondary degree or credential in the urban South Seattle region by 2020, as well as to close achievement gaps. A resource for collective impact backbone organizations, funders, and partners, this case study provides an overview of the initiative, along with lessons learned.

Top Takeaways

  1. Emergent strategies: One of the Road Map Project’s greatest accomplishments has been its ability to take advantage of opportunities as they emerged.
  2.  The transformational power of data: The Road Map Project has also placed a heavy emphasis on collecting data and using it to inform action.
  3. The value of quick wins: Keeping a complex initiative like the Road Map Project moving forward is not always easy, as organizations and individuals are working together in new ways. By focusing on and achieving quick wins, the initiative was able to quickly demonstrate the power of this new type of collaboration and keep everyone motivated and moving in the same direction.
Through a concerted effort by partners, the Road Map Project was able to significantly raise the proportion of students signing up for the College Bound Scholarship. In 2013, sign-ups reached 94% of eligible students, up from just 53% three years ago.