Since the 1960s, the field of evaluation has struggled to develop concepts and methods that are useful for the complex work of community change. The ambitious nature of the latest iteration of community change approaches, collective impact, amplifies this challenge. This article describes five simple rules that have emerged out of 50 years of trial and error that can assist participants, funders, and evaluators of collective impact initiatives to track their progress and make sense of their efforts.

Published in The Philanthropist Vol 26 No 1 Summer 2014.

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