OUR APPROACH

What does long term success look like?

Family Formation

Born at normal birth weight to a non-poor, married mother with at least a high school diploma

Early Childhood

Acceptable pre-reading and math skills AND behavior generally school-appropriate

Middle Childhood

Basic reading and math skills AND social-emotional skills

Adolescence

Graduates from high school w/GPA ≥ 2.5 AND has not been convicted of a crime nor become a parent

Transition to Adulthood

Lives independently AND receives a college degree or has a family income ≥ 250% of the poverty level

Adulthood

Reaches middle class (family income at least 300% of the poverty level)

Referenced from the Social Genome Project at the Brookings Institution

Family Formation

Born at normal birth weight to a non-poor, married mother with at least a high school diploma

Early Childhood

Acceptable pre-reading and math skills AND behavior generally school-appropriate

Middle Childhood

Basic reading and math skills AND social-emotional skills

Adolescence

Graduates from high school w/GPA ≥ 2.5 AND has not been convicted of a crime nor become a parent

Transition to Adulthood

Lives independently AND receives a college degree or has a family income ≥ 250% of the poverty level

Adulthood

Reaches middle class (family income at least 300% of the poverty level)

Referenced from the Social Genome Project at the Brookings Institution

THE BREAKTHROUGH PROCESS

Think tanks focus primarily on policy development. Advocacy organizations seek to educate and persuade. Non-profit incubators support early stage social entrepreneurs and enterprises. GCO does all three. We believe that this integrated approach — combining research, advocacy, and grassroots delivery — is crucial to bringing about the change we need.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

We conduct rigorous research into some of today’s biggest social challenges: childhood poverty, failing schools, welfare dependency, family breakdown, mass incarceration, and unemployment. We convene expert panels from the fields of government, academics, business, and non-profits. Current research, field studies, and visits to examples of best practice are published in an evidence-based report, which details the shifts in policy and community-based services that are required.

  1. Identification
  2. Research & Analysis
  3. Evidence-Led Reports

POLICY ADVANCEMENT

Upon publication of its report, GCO educates the public and advocates for the panels’ recommendations at all levels of policymaking—the Governor’s office, General Assembly, agencies, and other key areas at both the state and federal level—in order to implement the changes needed in the policymaking arena.

  1. Educate Policymakers
  2. Highlight Best-practice
  3. Emerging Leaders

SOLUTION DELIVERY

To ensure successful implementation of Breakthrough solutions we seek innovative nonprofits already delivering change on the ground, as well as promising social entrepreneurs, and help these organizations develop greater capacity and effectiveness. GCO offers outcome-based strategic consulting, recruits successful organizations to expand in Georgia, and develops new funding models for social enterprises.

  1. Analysis
  2. Planning
  3. Execution
  4. Assessment
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