Collective Impact

What is Collective Impact?

FSG describes that Collective impact…

…occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success.

Stanford Social Innovation Review | Winter 2011 (article begins on page 36):

No single organization has the ability to solve any major social problem at scale by itself. Collective impact is a powerful new approach to cross-sector collaboration that is achieving measurable effects on major social issues.

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The chart below describes how collective impact is aligned through theCONNECT network. The upper half describes the stages of development that youth need to undergo to be truly Employment Ready. Prior to the implementation of theCONNECT, organizations generally had a primary focus one or two of the stages of development, yet when youth entered their programs unready for the offerings, agencies were stretched to meet the needs presented by the young person resulting in mission slide.

The development of the network, represented by the lower half of the diagram shows how the organizations within the network progressively align their resources, supported by the Backbone organizations, the network of Pathway Navigators, coordinated referral, and data sharing, so that youth can move seamlessly through the developmental stages, while increasing their networks of support and resources. This reduces duplication and increases the quality of the services provided as organizations can focus on their core competencies.

Aligning Collective Impact Chart

Click here for more information on Collective Impact from our nation partners at FSG.