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Collective Impact Accelerator: Using Data for Advancing Progress in Collective Impact (Apply by July 26)

Posted 5 months ago at 5:31 am

You are invited to participate in a 12-month action learning cohort focused on using data for advancing progress in collective impact. The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is developing a “Collective Impact Accelerator” to improve how collective impact funders, backbone teams, and other partners use data to learn and strengthen their work in collaboration with others, ultimately contributing to achieving greater impact in communities.

The goals of the Collective Impact Accelerator are to:

  • Build the capacity of backbone leaders, funders, and other partners to effectively use data as a key strategy in collective impact contributing to improved results for communities.
  • Create a supportive peer learning community where backbone teams, funders and/or partners have candid conversations and learn with one another about using data in collective impact.
  • Identify promising practices that will be shared broadly with the field to support backbone leaders, funders, and other practitioners interested in using data in collective impact.

This Collective Impact Accelerator will be limited to participants from 10 separate collaboratives (including one funder and up to two backbone/data partners from each collaborative). Participants will meet for three in-person working sessions from November 2019 to November 2020, take advantage of individual coaching support from Collective Impact Forum’s staff facilitators, and also join three peer learning calls during months when there is not a working session. Participants will identify an area of their collaborative where they will focus on using data, and participants are expected to commit time in between the Accelerator meetings and calls to make progress on their identified action learning project for their collaborative.

The participation fee is $10,000 for each collaborative (for two representatives) or $12,500 for each collaborative (for three representatives). This fee covers the meeting costs and staff time to plan for and facilitate all calls and meetings. Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Mark your calendar for these key dates:

  • Applications opened on May 29 and will close on July 26, 2019.
  • Join an informational call from 4-5pm on June 26 to learn more before applying. (note: you can listen to the recording of the June 18 informational call here; attached to this post are the informational call discussion slides).
  • We will select 10 participating collaboratives (including one funder and up to two backbone/data partners per collaborative) by August 16, 2019.
  • The first full-day in-person meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Chicago, IL (with reception and dinner the night before).
  • The second in-person meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN (with reception and dinner the night before).
  • The third in-person meeting will take place in October/November 2020 in Washington, D.C. (date will be confirmed by late 2019 based on selected accelerator participants’ availability).

See attached or click on this link to read "frequently asked questions" about the Collective Impact Accelerator.

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