How We Work

The Tyler Area Partnership 4 Education strives to promote student achievement in Smith County, from cradle to career, by leveraging data, community expertise, and collaboration. These pillars comprise what is commonly known as “Collective Impact.”

Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of stakeholders from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. The approach of collective impact is placed in contrast to the normal state of affairs when organizations primarily work alone to solve social problems.


Collective Impact has emerged nationally as a model for addressing long-standing challenges in reaching community-level educational goals.

There are five conditions for Collective Impact:

Collective Impact asserts

that organizations should

form cross-sector coalitions in order to make meaningful and sustainable progress on social issues. It operates best when the

group consists of representatives from all aspects of the community.