Practical guidance for planning and implementing evaluations of collective impact initiatives

Leaders of collective impact initiatives need an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves.

This three-part guide offers detailed advice on how to plan for and implement effective performance measurement and evaluation activities in the context of collective impact.

Related Video: Report coauthor Hallie Preskill discusses the Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact. Watch video

Related Post: Report coauthor Marcie Parkhurst discusses the findings in the Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact. Read more

Related Discussion: Join the discussion about the report

Related Webinar: Evaluating Collective Impact: Assessing Your Progress, Effectiveness, and Impact

Click a tag below to see filtered list of resources:


Sarah Stamp

technical assistance provider / consultant

Hi, The first section of the report appears to be damaged - I can't access it. Is anyone else experiencing this?

Submitted by Sarah Stamp on Wed, 2014-05-07 19:49

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, blogger, community manager, content administrator, funder community of practice, funder of initiatives, other, partner organization, technical assistance provider / consultant

HI, Sarah. We're able to download all parts. Can you tell us more about the issue that you're having? Were you able to access parts 2 and 3?

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-05-07 19:51

Hi Sarah, I had the same problem with Google Chrome. I tried with Internet Explorer and managed to open the first part. It may just be a compatibility issue. Strange that it didn't occur with the other files though.

Submitted by Alissa Rode on Wed, 2014-05-07 21:01

David Phipps

partner organization

I just downloaded and saved from Firefox. They open just fine for me

Submitted by David Phipps on Thu, 2014-05-08 08:25

Edwin Ferran

technical assistance provider / consultant

I have been able to access/download all 3 parts of the report using Safari on a Mac.

Submitted by Edwin Ferran on Thu, 2014-06-12 16:00

Larry Gemmel

technical assistance provider / consultant

For further perspectives on evaluation, you might also be interested in a recently published article by Mark Cabaj in The Philanthropist Evaluating Collective Impact: Five Simple Rules

Submitted by Larry Gemmel on Fri, 2014-07-11 08:10

Karen Mozenter

funder of initiatives

An additional resource re: network/CI evaluation is available from the Center for Network Impact. 

Submitted by Karen Mozenter on Sun, 2014-11-16 10:52

Leah Stephenson

technical assistance provider / consultant

This framework is incredibly helpful.  I really appreciate the distinctions between early/middle and late phases, the emphasis on context, organizational learning and capacity.  Many thanks to those who developed this!

Submitted by Leah Stephenson on Fri, 2015-08-07 10:31