Collective Impact 3.0

As part of the Tamarack Institute’s 2016 Community Change Series, Tamarack thought leader, Mark Cabaj, and myself decided to review the Collective Impact framework with a new perspective. When Collective Impact first hit the scene many years ago, it was viewed as a revolution in the world of social change….

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The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact: Through the Lens of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability

Community Engagement – one of the most powerful components of collective impact success, as well as the most misunderstood according to Dan Duncan, Snr Consultant at Results Leadership Group and a Faculty Member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. The difference between engaging the people we serve as advisors to help…

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Ten Places where Collective Impact gets it Wrong

This thought-provoking article written by Tom Wolff argues that while the Collective Impact framework brings much needed focus to coalition forming in bringing about transformative change, it also gets much about collaboration wrong. The article first appeared in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. Author Tom Wolff is a US-based consultant…

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Live blog from Complexity & Evaluation Conference: Michael Quinn Patton keynote

Complexity & evaluation in an uncertain world Participants in the conference kicked off by outlining the key issues they are grappling with? How do we get buy in to work in partnership? Measuring intangibles Letting go of personal gain and moving into shared space – grappling with fear, unknown Shift…

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The Case for Developmental Evaluation

As we count down to our first ever Developmental Evaluation conference, like our American counterparts, we see the interest in this type of evaluation gathering still more interest and gaining momentum here in Australia as across the world. This blog, written by Marcie Pankhurst, Hallie Preskill, Jewlya Lynn and Marah…

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The Three Elements of Continuous Learning: Priorities, Plans, and Culture

While leaders are convinced of the importance of continuous learning, more could be done to help practitioners integrate learning into their CI effort. This blog written by Efrain Gutierrez first appeared on the Collective Impact Forum. It addresses the disconnect between understanding the importance of continuous learning but not knowing really how…

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The Dawn of System Leadership

The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require a unique type of leader—the system leader, a person who catalyses collective leadership. In this article published by Stanford Social Innovation Review in Winter 2015 and co-authored by John Kania, Peter Senge and Hal Hamilton we learn that…

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How to Partner for Impact: The Nuts and Bolts of Aligning Collective Impact Efforts

This post was first published in February 2015 at the CI Forum Blog. For more than a decade, the Forum for Youth investment has helped communities map, convene and align coalitions and initiatives focused on the interlocking issues that affect young people’s futures, from premature births to college completion. Cast…

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Data Drives School-Community Collaboration

StriveTogether  recently launched a ‘data sharing playbook’ that aims to assist community organisations partner with schools to improve educational outcomes. They provide 7 principles to guide you in putting data front and centre. Seven Principles for Effective Data-Sharing Collective impact partnerships, place-based initiatives, community school efforts and many other organizations rely…

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Collective Insights on Collective Impact

The following article by Jeff Edmondson & Ben Hecht first appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review in a sponsored supplement produced for the Collective Impact Forum. The supplement features the most recent thinking and learning about how to use the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems….

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