Collective Impact

Collective impact is a problem-solving framework used to address complex community issues.

It’s premised on two basic assumptions. First, that complex issues are best tackled by teams that include representatives from government, business, nonprofit and faith-based sectors. Second, that a community has enough resources to resolve complex problems, but because those resources aren’t in alignment, the community’s not getting benefits commensurate with the investments being made.

Over 150 communities in the U.S. are using collective impact models to address cradle to career initiatives.

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communities in the U.S. are using collective impact models to address cradle to career initiatives.

Common Agenda

  • Common understanding of the problem
  • Shared vision for change
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Shared Measurement

  • Collecting data and measuring results
  • Focus on performance management
  • Shared accountability

Backbone Support

  • Separate organization with staff
  • Resources and skills to convene and coordinate participating organizations

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

  • Differentiated approaches
  • Coordination through joint plan of action

Continuous Communication

  • Consistent and open communication
  • Focus on building trust