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On our blog, Collective Impact Forum staff, partners, and guest contributors share the latest learning, innovations, and stories from the field.

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  • Transforming Our Future: What COVID is Making Possible

    Jewlya Lynn

    May 4, 2020

    In-mid March, I went into my house with my children and began this long, confusing time of isolation and change. Almost daily, I learn of friends and family who have gotten sick, who have had to isolate from their children, who are struggling to pay their bills or buy food, who have been denied life-saving care for other illnesses, and who have lost someone they love. I know I’m not alone in this. And I find myself thinking not just about the trauma of what is happening right now today, but also about what will happen tomorrow.
  • Scenario Thinking for an Unpredictable Year: Status Quo is Not an Option

    Paul Schmitz

    April 23, 2020

    During the past month, many of us have had our lives and livelihoods completely upended. We have been forced to respond to emergencies in our work and for some of us, in our lives. For those of us still working, we have had to change our work and the way we work. For those with children, jobs are being balanced with new roles as principal, teacher, guidance counselor, cafeteria worker, janitor, and librarian at their brand new home school. We’ve had to lean into empathy and manage change like never before. If you are struggling, you are not alone.
  • Five Deep Dive Case Studies

    Sharon Ide

    March 31, 2020

    We are happy to share five new case studies featuring a subset of the collaboratives studied by the 2018 research study “When Collective Impact Has an Impact,” conducted by ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute. Each case study takes a deeper look at how the conditions of collective impact contributed to achieving population change.
  • Avoid the pitfalls of those before you! The Collective Impact Principles of Practice

    Jennifer Splansky Juster

    March 12, 2020

    No two collective impact initiative are the same … that of course is the reality of working to make progress on complex, systemic issues. However, one thing that has tripped up many initiatives using a collective impact approach is that they have been so focused on implementing the “Five Conditions of Collective Impact” – outlined in the original article Collective Impact in the Stanford Social Innovation Review – that they forget about the *how* this work actually unfolds.
  • Navigating Consent and Allyship

    Tracy Timmons-Gray

    December 9, 2019

    At work during an affinity group meeting, I shared a story from back in college where a close friend offered me assistance. We were in our college café, and I was standing by the counter, squinting up at the menu hanging on the far wall. As someone with low vision, menus posted on walls are normally my unreadable enemy. My friend knew this, and while I stood there, she offered to read the menu to me. I replied that I didn’t need assistance that day as I was wearing my (very large, very magnifying) glasses instead of my less powerful but culturally more accepted contacts. She replied, “Oh, I didn’t even notice.”
  • Re-framing the Way We Talk about Poverty: Three Insights from the FrameWorks Institute

    Victor Tavarez

    November 15, 2019

    For organizations and individuals engaged in collective impact work, it is important to remain inclusive in the way you and your organization frame the issues and partners you work with. The recent FrameWorks Institute’s article Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families offers valuable insights for framing, messaging, and shifting mental models in collective impact work.
  • Assessing the Collective Impact Field’s Needs: Insights from Our Fifth Annual Survey

    Sharon Ide

    October 29, 2019

    Earlier this year, the Collective Impact Forum gathered feedback through its fifth annual survey of members with online profiles. The purpose of this survey was to assess the Forum’s progress to date, to understand the current state of our members’ collective impact initiatives, and to collect input on topics of interest for our programming. Thank you to all who responded to the 2019 survey.
  • Welcome to the Party! How to onboard new collaborative partners

    Deborah Halliday

    September 24, 2019

    If collective impact efforts have any certainties, one surely is the ever-revolving (one might hope ever-evolving) door of community partners coming to the table. Our efforts for inclusivity, the reality that multisector coalitions invite instability as people leave jobs and new people come in: it’s inevitable that we will be regularly onboarding new partners. How do we invite in new faces without disrupting the focus and momentum of the team? I’m often asked this as I coach collective impact efforts. Here are a few strategies that seem to work.

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