Northfield Promise was not a hastily designed initiative. Following nearly 18 months of research on collective impact, in-depth conversations with over 50 community groups and 500 stakeholders, and selection of the Strive framework, the HCI Board voted to put its 20+ year history of coalition-building on the line and commit to supporting this initiative for the next decade.
Northfield Promise is a challenge TO and WITH the community. It utilizes the research-based collective impact framework developed by the Strive Partnership out of Cincinnati to align the key community institutions in working together and intentionally on a set of shared, measurable goals and outcomes (known as benchmarks). It challenges Northfield to ensure ALL children succeed and therefore deliberately focuses attention and resources on disparities in achievement and access among Northfield’s children.