RMP’s Collective Work
At the highest level, the Rocky Mountain Partnership agrees that economic and social mobility is ultimately about ensuring ALL community members can provide for themselves and their families, and the economy is thriving.
In order for this to happen:
- An individual needs to be employed and earning a self-sufficient income in order to support themselves and their families
- Education, training, skills, and access to basic needs are critical to earn a self-sufficient income
- Education, training, and skills result in a talented workforce, which attracts, retains, and grows business and industry, which are critical to overall economic vitality
What is the Partnership ultimately trying to impact?
Through local and national research and in alignment with state and national coalitions, Rocky Mountain Partnership leaders have landed on four data points to track the ultimate impact of their work to tell whether economic and social mobility and vitality is improving across the region. They monitor these dials trend over time, and work to impact these dials through their collective work.
These dials are the ultimate accountability measures for the network. When they are trending in the “right” direction, they correlate directly with overall economic vitality and the RMP Vision being realized.
What work is needed to create the ultimate impact?
The Partnership has reached consensus on the five areas that they will use as a network to paint a holistic picture of what is most impacting the economic and social mobility in the region:
There are things within each of these areas that need to improve in order for the ultimate impact we are working towards to be made. In order to create that impact, the Partnership does collective work in the following ways:
- Policy Alignment: Partners are working together to identify and actionize policy change to improve economic and social mobility for all community members
- Funding Alignment: Partners are working together to develop, execute, and scale action that will target public and private funding to spread and sustain practices that will support the economic and social mobility of the region
- Coordinated Efforts: Partners are working together to determine how to better coordinate their current efforts to support achieving the shared targets of the Partnership towards economic and social mobility
In order to have the greatest impact on the economic and social mobility of the region, the Partnership has identified the following collective work areas:
- Regional Labor Shortage
- Credential Attainment and Work Based Learning
- Housing and Education
- Equitable Hiring and Retention (including Equal Pay for Equal Work)
- State Policy and Legislation
- Others To Be Determined in the Future
How is This Not Duplicating Good Work Underway?
There is so much work underway in the community to improve the well-being of its community members – the opportunity exists to see where coordination can further enhance this work and address key systemic barriers. Furthermore, collective work doesn’t mean the work must be exclusively collective. Although network partners do come together to engage in collective strategies, each partner brings its own role, function, work, resources, expertise, and data to achieve results.