Berea College's Partners for Education (PFE) was established to support the commitment to engage Appalachian communities, families, and students in partnership for mutual learning, growth, and service. Using a collective impact framework, PFE leverages nearly $39 million in federal investments each year to improve the educational outcomes of the region.

This case study focuses on the complexity of working with a diverse group of partners and how fiscal mapping helps identify existing funds and gaps.  Berea College's Partners for Education (PFE) was established to advance the eighth great commitment—to engage Appalachian communities, families, and students in partnership for mutual learning, growth, and service. Using a collective impact framework, PFE leverages nearly $39 million in federal investments each year to improve educational outcomes of the region.
This case study focuses on the following areas:

  • The complexity of working with a diverse group of stakeholders—and the challenges and benefits of that dynamic; and
  • How a fiscal mapping project helps stakeholders identify current programs and funds that support the cradle-to-career pipeline, flag any gaps in supports, and establish a revenue generation strategy to fill those gaps.

Due to the project’s large number of partners and funding streams, and vast geography, PFE opted to pilot the study approach in the Knox County Promise Neighborhood, where it could use the fiscal map to coordinate and maximize funds that advance its five result areas:

  1. All children enter kindergarten ready to learn;
  2. All students are academically proficient;
  3. All children and youth are supported in school and out of school.
  4. All young people graduate from high school.
  5. All youth receive a degree beyond high school.

The results of this pilot effort will inform changes in the process as fiscal mapping is conducted in the seven other counties of the Promise Zone.


Major Findings & Recommendations

Lessons Learned from Southeastern Kentucky: -Conduct regular fiscal and asset mapping studies to understand the full range of federal, state, and local investments in your community. -Activate local leaders to drive buy-in from community organizations around the fiscal mapping process. Descriptive metrics include grant or program name; type and amount of funding; duration; dates of funding; eligibility and analytic metrics address: -Who provides the service? -Is the funding being maximized? -Are there opportunities for coordination? -Are there barriers to use? -What is the stability or sustainability of the funds? With fiscal mapping, PFE will better understand: -The full array of cradle-to-career supports offered across the Promise Zone; -The percentage of supports and services that are wholly funded by federal investment; -The opportunities to better coordinate and align existing funding and programs; and -The level of private and philanthropic investment needed in the region to better balance federal, state, local, and private investment across SE Kentucky.