Kansas City Public Schools Becomes First District in Nation to Link K-12 Schools and Nonprofits Through New Data Initiative

Partnership uses software-driven solution developed by Social
Solutions and a philanthropic investment by Ballmer Group

AUSTIN, Texas & KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Social
Solutions Global
, in partnership with Ballmer Group, today announced
Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) as the first district in the country
to join the organizations’ national initiative to share data for
increased program integration between local program organizations and
school districts. The technology partnership will allow the district and
local nonprofit organizations to collaborate, share program insights,
and provide 360-degree support for the students they serve to drive
better student outcomes.

“To help give children a better shot at the American dream, communities,
government agencies, and nonprofits touch their lives in multiple ways,
yet this sector often lacks the technology to uncover life-changing
insights and drive systemic change,” said Ballmer Group co-founder and
former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “We can do better to connect the
dots and protect privacy at the same time.”

“Our mission is to provide a better education for all of our students,
and we’re making solid progress, as evidenced by our improved scores in
this year’s state Annual Progress Report – our highest ever,” said KCPS
Superintendent Mark Bedell. “This partnership, which will connect our
schools with local nonprofits, will help us continue down the path to
success, and we look forward to collaborating with organizations and
programs in our community.”

Beyond using Social Solutions’ new Apricot 360 solution to more
efficiently and effectively run programs, this partnership with KCPS
will allow local K-12-focused nonprofits to better assess their impact
in advancing a child’s success, incorporating areas such as improvements
in grades or attendance. The program is part of Ballmer Group and Social
Solutions’ commitment to changing deeply established education systems
to focus on outcomes and a child’s overall well-being, rather than
short-term programs or test scores.

“This partnership between Social Solutions and KCPS will enhance
community-wide collaboration, allowing nonprofits to evolve our programs
as we gain a true understanding of each child and their specific needs,”
said Mike English, executive director of Turn
the Page KC
, which works to improve reading proficiency for children
in grade three. “This is a breakthrough moment for creating the most
positive future for our Kansas City students.”

“Nonprofits and schools each play a crucial role in serving our
students, but historically they have operated in silos,” said Kristin
Nimsger, CEO of Social Solutions. “We’re excited to connect local
program organizations and school districts to provide real-time analysis
and insights, to drive program referrals at the point of need and to
help them collaborate better for optimal outcomes for all students.”

The Ballmer Group investment in Social Solutions Global is funding the
development of software solutions that can integrate social service
agencies, schools, and community-based nonprofits with state-of-the-art
privacy protections for children and families. Additionally, matching
grants will be provided to other Kansas City organizations across the
public and nonprofit sectors who are seeking to leverage the power of
technology to achieve common goals. To find out if an organization
qualifies for these matching grants, or to learn more about Social
Solutions’ Apricot 360 solution visit: https://www.socialsolutions.com/software/apricot-360/.

About Social Solutions Global

Social Solutions Global, the provider of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO®) and
Apricot® Software, specializes in outcomes management software for human
services, workforce, and education programs. Across the globe, our
software is the leader in equipping thousands of organizations with the
tools needed to transform the lives of children, adults, and families by
making data useful to staff at all levels, from case managers to
executive leadership. Follow us on Twitter: @SocialSolutions.

About Ballmer Group

Ballmer Group works to improve economic mobility for children and
families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to
remain in poverty. It supports the use of data and strong partnerships
among public, private, and nonprofit organizations at the community
level to more effectively serve families. Ballmer Group was co-founded
by philanthropist and civic activist Connie Ballmer and her
husband Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, founder of USAFacts, and
chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers. Twitter: @BallmerGroup.

Contacts

Catherine Taylor, 214-734-1401
[email protected]

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