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


  • Bringing an Equity Lens to Collective Impact

    Junious Williams

    September 4, 2014

    Like many who have devoted their careers to social justice, we at Urban Strategies Council find the promise of large-scale change that collective impact offers inspiring. After all, who among us came to this work hoping to make minor change? Because collective impact holds such promise, it is imperative that this emerging field recognize and correct a crucial omission in the model: an analysis of equity and power, particularly around race.
  • Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact

    Fay Hanleybrown

    September 2, 2014

    People often ask whether we would refine the five conditions of collective impact that we articulated in the original article Collective Impact: common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. While our work has reinforced the importance of these five conditions in achieving large scale change, we have found that there are also key mindset shifts that are necessary to be successful for collective impact.
  • Which Form of Collaboration is Best for You?

    Lori Bartczak

    August 21, 2014

    Increasingly, grantmakers and nonprofits understand that collaboration is critical for social change. One form of collaboration, collective impact is a powerful strategy that can lead to lasting systems change. The examples in this blog and throughout the Collective Impact Forum show the range of ways communities are making progress through collective impact initiatives.
  • Presenting: Collective Insights on Collective Impact, Nine New Articles on Collective Impact

    Collective Impact Forum

    August 13, 2014

    Today, we are delighted to share a compilation of nine new articles about collective impact with you. Sponsored and curated by the Collective Impact Forum, Collective Insights for Collective Impact, which appears in Stanford Social Innovation Review's fall issue, shares cutting-edge thinking from 22 practitioners, funders, community organizers, and thought-leaders.
  • A Mayor’s View: The Effect of Collective Impact Initiatives on City Hall

    Collective Impact Forum

    August 12, 2014

    In our journey to explore and learn more about the role of municipal government in collective impact initiatives we had a wonderful opportunity at our most recent Integration Initiative Learning Community convening to interview former three-term Mayor of Minneapolis, MN, R.T. Rybak, who is now a part-time Senior Advisor to Living Cities. As mayor, R.T. participated in several collective impact initiatives focusing on an array of issues including youth violence, transportation expansion, education reform, and chronic homelessness. Below are some highlights from our insightful conversation with R.T. To learn more from R.T.’s experience, watch a highlight video of the conversation, below.
  • It Takes a Community: Newark Comes Together to Make the Most of Summer for their Youth

    Katie Willse

    August 6, 2014

    Across the nation, community leaders have increasingly recognized the promise of summer to accelerate student learning. But to maximize collective impact and reach the greatest numbers of youth in need, communities must coordinate efforts across sectors, track and share data about existing summer learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships.
  • Developmental Evaluation in the Context of Collective Impact - Part 2

    Jewlya Lynn

    August 5, 2014

    In Part 1, Kathleen Holmes with the Missouri Foundation for Health explained why developmental evaluation is an important part of the Foundation’s infant mortality initiative. She also shared some of the first steps the Foundation, backbone organizations and the evaluators took together to build a shared understanding of developmental evaluation and its role in helping develop a nascent collective impact approach.