Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Under the direction of the FutureReady Columbus CEO, Dr. Lillian Lowery and the Community Engagement Council chair, the council:

  • Builds a network of partners across the Columbus community.
  • Leverages relationships across multiple community groups informing, engaging, and building upon each other’s strengths and providing for equitable voices at the table.
  • Receives and disseminates information and resources that promote and support capacity building across the community.
  • Gathers information from the community on critical needs and opportunities.
  • Assists in the coordination of events designed to engage the community with service providers to address community-identified needs.


Consistent data is needed to support collective impact and to set baselines and track progress over time. Through the Partnership4Success program, this data can be used to measure critical outcomes and set goals for continuous improvement. Working together with Learning Circle Education Services, we have supported data-driven decision-making and aligned objectives to achieve results that grant our community partner’s access to near real-time student school data. This data provides insight to the “Early Warning Indicators” of attendance, academics and discipline so that targeted interventions are identified and implemented.

Social and Emotional Learning Collaborative Pilot (SEL)

The Social and Emotional Learning Collaborative Pilot (SEL) promotes social and emotional development as a means to support youth on their journey from early childhood, through high school graduation and beyond. The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is utilized to measure behaviors related to resilience, social and emotional competence and school success for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Results from DESSA allow schools and partnering agencies to have more comprehensive information on students and ensure that they have access to coordinated and quality services to help them achieve success in school.

Make Summer Count:

Most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematics computation skills over the summer months. Additionally, low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, while their middle-class peers make slight gains. To help students maintain skills and keep them on track to achieve, we provide summer learning opportunities for intervention, enrichment, or acceleration along with summer meals. Working with our community partners we mitigate the impact of summer learning loss and provide summer meals for Central Ohio youth by:


  • Delivering a standard approach to incorporating math and reading extension activities in summer programming.
  • Increasing the number of summer meals provided to youth who receive federally subsidized lunch during the school year.
  • Expanding the reach and participation of existing summer programming to the community.
  • Creating a promotional campaign that communicates the impact of summer learning loss.

Learning Partner Dashboard

FutureReady and Learning Circle Education Services collaborate on a continuous improvement framework that allows the community to align practices and ensure student success. Consistent data is needed to support the collective impact, set baselines, determine progress, measure critical outcomes, and set goals for continuous improvement.

The purpose of the FutureReady and Learning Circle Education Services strategy is to support data-driven decision-making and align objectives to support the following critical outcomes:


  • Schools (PreK through post-secondary) and partners will have comprehensive information on students to ensure that they have access to coordinated and quality services to help them achieve success in school.
  • Measurement strategies and data will be provided to support action plan objectives and intervention strategies for school readiness, K-12, and post-secondary students.
  • Student information will be aligned and connected at each age of the continuum, school readiness through post-secondary, to allow for better tracking and analysis.
  • Partners will have access to continuous improvement training and resources including process techniques for interpreting data and applying to outcomes.


Data is being tracked at varying levels and consistency and each area is being addressed individually to analyze existing opportunities, create short and long-term goals for data management, identify resource needs, and create processes to reach goals that ultimately align with the long-term vision.

Community Engagement Council