What We Do

Our Approach

Work Together To Achieve Real Results

Research shows that successful collective impact initiatives typically have five conditions that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.

The Rocky Mountain Partnership will continue to utilize the proven StriveTogether four pillars to identify system-level and policy priorities, set targets, and determine action:

Shared Community Vision

Work together to tackle the same issues, with the same results in mind, and publicly keep score of progress made.

  Evidence-Based Decision Making

Make policy and strategy decisions based on data that is broken down by race, ethnicity, gender, and income.


  Collaborative Action

Collectively provide solutions in prioritized areas. Each partner brings its own role, function, work, resources, expertise, and data to achieve the collective results. The Partnership will also work to identify alignment with other networks and coalitions to further accelerate impact.


 Investment & Sustainability

Align funding and resources to strategies and collective efforts that achieve equitable results.

At every step of the way, the network works to shift power to community members most impacted by existing systems in order to co-develop solutions that improve outcomes impacting them.

The Partnership is supported by a neutral team referred to as The Backbone, separate from the partner organizations doing the collective work. The Backbone Team has a very specific set of skills and expertise that allows them to serve as the neutral supporting infrastructure for the collective work through “ongoing facilitation, technology, and communications support, data collection and reporting, and handling the myriad logistical and administrative details needed for the work to function.” Meet the Backbone Team HERE.

Check out this Stanford Innovation Review Collective Impact Article to learn more about the Framework followed by the Rocky Mountain Partnership. Please note that the article highlights how the collective impact approach has been used to improve educational outcomes, however it can also be applied to improving outcomes related to improving economic and social mobility. 

See the sidebar to the left to navigate through the elements of our approach.

Elements of the Our Approach include:

  • Strategic Plan: The work of the Partnership and has been developed to outline the priorities/goals and key strategies of the Rocky Mountain Partnership over the next two years.
  • Building Community Power: The work underway to build community power
  • Shared Targets Towards Economic and Social Mobility: The shared target for the network that works continues to grow, and additional targets that measure economic and social mobility will be set.
  • Institute: RMP’s training Institute is the overarching umbrella under which the RMP Backbone Team provides training, coaching, technical assistance, and support for Partners and Backbone Staff in implementing its Outcomes Focused Approach.
  • StriveTogether: A national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, or circumstance.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Visit to explore questions and answers that are frequently asked about the Partnership!