What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact is key to making meaningful and sustainable progress on social issues.

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What is Collective Impact?

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People have the skills, the knowledge and the passion to find solutions in their communities – but they need help.

Processes for collaboration and system integration can help people to achieve these solutions for the long term, and that’s why we love Collective Impact.

The concept of Collective Impact hinges on the idea that in order for organisations to create lasting solutions to social problems on a large-scale, they need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal.

The five conditions of collective impact

Common Agenda

  • All partners have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

Shared measurement

  • Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all partners ensures efforts remain aligned and partners hold each other accountable.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

  • Partner activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.

Continuous Communication

  • Consistent and open communication is needed across the many partners to build trust, assure mutual objectives and create common motivation.

Backbone support

  • Creating and managing Collective Impact requires a separate organisation(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate partnering organisations and agencies.

Our design processes, our network of people and our technology platform supports many of these conditions.

Made Open is able to provide independent and objective ‘backbone’ support to fledging projects where best practice community change and organisational change processes are pivotal to achieving sustainable social impact.