We believe that greater progress can be made toward large scale and complex social change when nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and the community work together towards common goals. We chose a collective impact model which uses data to guide our actions and measure our success. Successful collective impact initiatives include five factors, and we value equity – the firmly-held belief that every child matters:
Consistent and open communication builds trust, assures mutual objectives are understood, and creates common motivation. It provides a feed-back loop to share knowledge and results.
Managing collective impact requires a separate organization with staff and a specific set of skills to coordinate collaborators toward the common agenda, build public support, provide the data and measure results.
Participants create a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
We collect data and measure results to ensure efforts remain aligned, participants hold each other accountable, and we learn from successes or failures.
Each collaborator provides the activities that it does best, and whenever possible the activities are aligned towards achieving the common agenda and shared measures.