The backbone is a separate and neutral entity that serves as the supporting infrastructure for the alliance, facilitates efforts aimed at collective impact, capacity building, expansion, sustainability, and scale, and ensures alliance activities align with the project’s vision.
Primary functions of the backbone are to:
- Ensure the vision and strategy defined in the foundational documents remain at the forefront of the work.
- Facilitate communications among the alliance at all levels and provide resources or technical assistance as needed.
- Establish shared measurement practices through the alliance’s shared measurement system, the SOAR Portal, for visibility of continuous improvement and sharing outcomes.
- Build public will by raising awareness and support for TAPDINTO-STEM, and helping all alliance members feel empowered to enact change.
These role descriptions were derived from NSF’s Definitions of Categories of Personnel and the TAPDINTO-STEM Strategic Implementation Plan.