Collective impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Collaboration is nothing new. The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralised infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants. (Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review article.)
Collective impact approaches are demonstrating success in the United States. Here are some useful articles, online spaces and videos which explain more about it.
- Stanford Social Innovation Review article from winter 2011: Collective Impact
- The Collective Impact Forum
- 6 page article on Committing to Collective Impact: from Vision to Implementation
- 24 page report Collective Insights on Collective Impact
Below is a video which explains Collective Impact in less than 2 minutes. There are lots more videos on YouTube – just search ‘collective impact’.
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