Collective Impact

This page features articles focused on collective impact. We will add new items as they are released and remove as they become outdated. Items are listed are in alphabetical order.

The Equity Imperative in Collective Impact 
The five conditions of collective impact,implemented without attention to equity,
are not enough to create lasting change.

Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
This follow-up on the popular “Collective Impact” article provides updated, in-depth guidance.

Collective Impact Article
If you’re applying for any MCAN grants, please read the series of Collective Impact articles by Kania & Kramer. This piece, originally featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2011, discusses how large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

Collective Impact: Funder, Heal ThyselfCollectiveInsightsWeb
Thoughts on recent local and national funder conversations.

Collective Insights on Collective Impact 
This special supplement features the most recent thinking and learning about how to use the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems.

Knight Foundation - Conducting a Scan of Your College Access & Success System
This guide provides an overview of how to develop and implement an assessment of a college access and success system, exploring why it matters, how to do it, and how to leverage findings from this process to drive change.

The guide includes case studies from OMG’s recent assessments of the college access and success systems in two cities – Miami, FL and Philadelphia, PA.  These assessments were funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The guide also includes lessons drawn from our experience evaluating system approaches to improving college access and success for the Lumina Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Citi Foundation.

National League of Cities – Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success: Getting Started
Published: October 2012
Summary: With support from Lumina Foundation, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has developed a new series of publications highlighting city strategies to increase local college completion rates.  The series includes three municipal action guides on the following topics:

  • Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success: Getting Started;
  • Conducting a Scan of Local Efforts to Promote Postsecondary Success; and
  • Using and Sharing to Improve Postsecondary Success.

The first guide in the series, Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success: Getting Started, outlines a set of action steps for city leaders who are concerned about low college completion rates and want to identify and advance solutions.  Local officials can convene leaders from community and technical colleges, public and private universities, school districts, community organizations, workforce boards and chambers of commerce to develop a more coordinated strategy to provide students with the supports and services they need to graduate with a postsecondary credential.

Rereading “Collective Impact”: Three Lessons 
Fresh insights gleaned from the article that started it all.

Video: Tackling Complex Problems Through Collective Impact
The Collective Impact Forum released a great video that introduces Collective Impact. It's a great tool for LCANs to use when introducing the concept to new Leadership Team members, the community or funders. 

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