FourPoint helps clients build coherent strategies through two key entry points: policy analysis and system reviews. In each pathway, we engage a broad set of education stakeholders in research and planning to ensure our data and recommendations represent diverse community viewpoints and position our clients to take actions that will make a lasting impact.
Our policy analyses seek to answer a simple question: Are policies helping or hindering your goals? After an initial review, we provide actionable recommendations for strengthening policies, whether through legislative channels or improving the rules and regulations that govern our connected education systems day-to-day.
FourPoint’s system reviews rely on in-depth analysis to show how a district, state or community can leverage its strengths and address core challenges to achieve its education goals. Using root cause analysis, we collect demographic, academic, contextual and perception data to help our clients understand the full range of factors that enable or limit their success. Our analyses produce actionable data at multiple levels—allowing for a system-level view as well as a program- or school-level understanding of what’s working and what’s not and why. We’ve seen our reviews be game changing for districts and help reorient the work of nonprofits and foundations.
Our goal for system reviews is to paint a detailed and objective picture of an organization’s strengths and challenges. Some clients are surprised by their depth but grateful for the detailed and candid assessment. It helps them understand the landscape of what’s happening and gain credibility with key stakeholders.
Scott Joftus, FourPoint Education Partners
Based on the findings of a review, we support clients to create a theory of action, clearly defining the non-negotiable elements that will drive their intended outcomes. Then, we develop a strategic plan to outline how the theory of action will be implemented, including steps to build capacity in key areas, allocate resources in alignment with the theory of action, and track mid-course indicators of success—planning for both near-term progress and long-term sustainability.