The four phases of Collective Impact

The Collective Impact initiatives develop over four phases, each of which we unpack in this ‘How to’ Guide section.

The four phases are depicted below, but before clicking through to phase 1 we sound a note of caution below.

4 phases


Note of caution: Collaboration is not linear

images-4While the table above is an extremely useful frame for describing the development of a Collective Impact initiative, it is important to recognise that collaboration is not a linear process.  Over time, a successful collaboration will make progress through these four stages, but it is unlikely that the steps and milestones within each phase will follow each other in a plotable and predictable path towards maturity.  Rather, within each phase and across the life cycle of the collaboration the work will be cyclical.