Premise of Collective Impact

  • We are facing complex, systemic issues where no ready formula exists – the easy work has been done
  • No single program, organisation or institution can bring about large-scale community change alone
  • More money, new programs or working harder will not fundamentally change things
  • Transformation happens when we work together and align efforts.

What is Collective Impact?

  • We act and think differently to the past, because if we keep doing what we are doing nothing will change. It is an emerging field, without a ready roadmap.
  • Everyone who cares is going in the same direction
  • The community is involved in driving change
  • Rigour and discipline are embedded into the work through measurement for data-driven decision making
  • Community assets, resources, talents and money are leveraged to build long term self sustainability


Learn more about collective impact:

Collective Impact, John Kania and Mark Kramer Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter, 2011

When Good is not Good Enough, Bill Shore, Darell Hammond and Amy Celep, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall, 2013