Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2013 (Revised April 2016)

StriveTogether: Reinventing the Local Education Ecosystem

by Allen Grossman, Ann Lombard and Noah Fisher


StriveTogether aimed to improve education outcomes by coordinating the actions of diverse community stakeholders—nonprofit service providers, school districts, government, parents, businesses and others. StriveTogether had an intense focus on collective impact—"the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem"—and the use of data to drive decisions. In the case, managing director Jeff Edmondson is faced with two dilemmas: how to attract business engagement in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, California, and how to achieve greater results in the communities that had implemented the StriveTogether framework.

Keywords: education reform; education; not for profit; communities; collaboration; collective impact; Nonprofit Organizations; Education; Business and Community Relations; Education Industry; United States;


Grossman, Allen, Ann Lombard, and Noah Fisher. "StriveTogether: Reinventing the Local Education Ecosystem." Harvard Business School Case 314-031, October 2013. (Revised April 2016.) (available here.)