Boone County Upward Mobility Action Plan

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Boone County, Mo., MO

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Boone County's Upward Mobility Action Plan has been adopted community-wide to address disparities in economic opportunity, educational achievement, and health outcomes that have existed for generations within this community. The Mobility Action Plan grew out of Boone County's participation in the Urban Institute's Upward Mobility Cohort in 2021. Boone County has created a holistic, community-driven approach to improving education, health, housing, safety, and work to foster generational success in all sectors of the community. Central to that approach has been engaging community members with lived experiences to identify results, indicators, root causes, and strategic action. Through the entire process, Boone County utilized the Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework, in order to connect local data to drive the work toward desire community results. With community input, three workgrous--Early Grade Literacy, Fair and Inclusive Housing, and Jobs and Workforce Development--have applied RBA to develop goals, strategies, measurement, and sustainability. With support from the Boone County Children's Services Fund, progress on implementing strategic actions has begun on these first three priority areas.