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


  • Building Your Voting Plan

    Collective Impact Forum

    October 8, 2020

    With the U.S. election coming up, creating a plan to vote can be a helpful step to ensure your voice is part of the process. The Forum team, located across the United States, shares how they are prepping to participate in the upcoming election.
  • How is the CI Forum Community Navigating this Moment?

    Sharon Ide

    August 5, 2020

    In early July 2020, we asked how folks are responding to the moment we find ourselves in. The survey focused mainly on how collaborative work has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also recognized intersecting contexts of a prolonged economic downturn and increased focus on the Movement for Black Lives. Read more to see how Forum community members are navigating this time, what is working well, and what they are finding challenging.
  • Your Most Pressing Questions

    Sharon Ide

    June 29, 2020

    We have recently started a series of podcast roundtable discussions. Before we began, we asked for your most pressing questions related to your work in collaboration, collective impact, pandemic response, and support for Black communities.
  • Ways to Engage Right Now

    Collective Impact Forum

    June 2, 2020

    To our community members, Now is not the time to look away. Especially for those of us who can so easily turn our face from seeing/hearing/feeling the injustice that continues to spread in our communities.
  • 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.