Announcing the Collective Impact Peer Learning Lab: New Offering for Collective Impact Practitioners

Posted 2 months ago at 9:40 pm

The Collective Impact Forum is launching a new program – the “Collective Impact Peer Learning Lab” – to provide a curated peer learning experience across communities engaged in collective impact work. 

The goals of the Collective Impact Peer Learning Lab are to:

  • Facilitate ongoing peer learning across sites from different communities 
  • Enable participants at the 2020 Collective Impact Convening on May 6-8 in Minneapolis to meaningfully integrate their convening learning into their work back home 
  • Encourage collective impact initiatives to bring a larger and more diverse cohort of partners and community members to the convening than can typically afford to attend
  • Provide a vehicle for practitioners and funders to uplift their work and share their learnings on the national platform of the Collective Impact Forum 25,000 member community.

This program will enroll delegations from four communities, each with 8-10 participants per delegation, to participate in this peer learning journey. Launching in April 2020, the program includes:

  • Four webinars for learning lab participants;
  • Admission for delegation participants in the 2020 Collective Impact Convening;
  • Curated cross-delegation home teams organized by common role/issue area/stage of collective impact;
  • National visibility through a blog, webinar, or podcast interview through the Collective Impact Forum’s network.

The cost of participating in the Collective Impact Peer Learning Lab is $25,000 per delegation for the program outlined above, including up to 10 registrations for the 2020 Collective Impact Convening.

See attached for more details on the Collective Impact Peer Learning Lab. A limited number of delegation slots are available, so if you are interested please contact the Collective Impact Forum’s Robert Albright at

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

Posted 10 months ago at 9:40 pm

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.

Looking for potential speakers for CI training in Connecticut, US

Posted 2 years ago at 9:40 pm

Hi, I am working for a backbone organization that is considering bringing in a speaker to train our project partners in collective impact. Nothing is definite right now, but I thought this may be a good place to start if anyone has any recommendations for speakers in or near Connecticut. 

Thank you,



RFP - Flint & Genesee Literacy Network 2018 Strategic Planning Cycle

The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network is undertaking a new strategic planning cycle in 2018. The last three years have been spent on strengthening infrastructure, onboarding new staff and steering committee members, and positioning FGLN’s existing collaborative efforts for community-level scale. In February, 2018, FGLN partners, staff, and steering committee members participated in a series of facilitated conversations to articulate components that are important to FGLN’s strategic plan--Please see attached RFP for a full summation of those conversations and desired outcomes of FGLN's 2018 strategic planning cycle.

Those interested in responding to this RFP are free to contact Ja’Nel Jamerson, Executive Director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network, to more fully discuss the RFP: | 810-232-2001.

Resources for Collective Impact Coaching and Technical Assistance

Posted 2 years ago at 9:40 pm

Do you need support building your capacity or your partners’ capacity to effectively plan and implement collective impact? Are you looking for help making the case to funders and partners about the impact of collective impact? If so, the Collective Impact Forum and several of our national field-building partners are available to provide collective impact coaching and technical assistance for you and your collective impact partners.

The corresponding PDF document (see link) provides more detail on several organization’s collective impact coaching and technical assistance offerings, qualifications, resources, and contact information. This compilation of collective impact technical assistance providers is not meant to be an exhaustive list of coaching resources. We are only listing organizations that have a multi-year partnership with the Collective Impact Forum, such as a co-catalyst or an organization that has co-partnered on multiple field-building projects with the Collective Impact Forum.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Robert Albright, Director of Programs, Collective Impact Forum

Building a Culture of Collaboration - Collective Impact Summit 2017

Posted 3 years ago at 9:40 pm

More than ever, we need spaces where diverse perspectives can unite, engage in productive dialogue, and collectively act to solve the complex social issues we face. It is time to offer a more compelling story. A story that challenges the conventional approaches, pushes beyond deep divisions, and doesn't accept fractured communities as the cultural norm. It is time for a story that brings people together on common ground, unifying our diverse identities in terms of race, class, gender and sexuality, religion, geography, political viewpoint, and so much more. A story which, most importantly, leads toward real progress in the quality of life for all of us, especially for those whose well-being is most threatened.

This is why partners from across the U.S. and North America are coming together in Denver for the Collective Impact Summit on November 29 & 30. Join together with The Civic Canopy to bring together nonprofit, business, government, philanthropic partners and community members from across Colorado and beyond to build skills and knowledge around what it takes to ensure healthy, thriving communities. Learn more and register:

Curious or want to know more? Email Follow us on Facebook for updates on speakers, announcing more this week!

Topics will include:

Framing and Communicating Social Issues in a Way that Drives Collective Action

Skills for Leading Collaborative Efforts

Deliberative and Collaborative Decision Making

Applying Equity to Collaborative Work

Creating the Space for Community to Drive Change

The Art of Listening in a Divided World

Technology-Based Tools that Faciltate Collaboration

Factoring in Human Centered Design Principles

Collaborative Process/Collective Impact 101


Mark Cabaj of Tamarack Institute, Nita Mosby Tyler of The Equity Project, and Bill Fulton of the Civic Canopy will all be speaking.

Job Opportunity - Vice President (Achieve Palm Beach County)

Posted 3 years ago at 9:40 pm

Job Opportunity – Vice President (Achieve Palm Beach County)

Achieve Palm Beach County is a collective impact initiative including a broad group of over 170 community leaders from more than 40 partner organizations representing various sectors (e.g., the public school district, local government, nonprofit providers, funders, corporations, and civic and business organizations) focused on improving post-secondary education access and completion for Palm Beach County Students. 

With a strategic plan that serves as a blueprint for the work moving forward, the Achieve PBC partners have defined their vision - that every Palm Beach County high school graduate completes a post-secondary credential within six-years of high school graduation that prepares them for a meaningful career with a sustainable wage.  Further, they’ve defined their mission - as collectively ensuring an integrated and effective system of supports from middle school through post-secondary that empowers students for career success.

The initial focus of work for the partners is on 1) parent engagement and support, 2) post-secondary advising for high school students, 3) FAFSA completion, and 4) scholarships, non-financial, and other supports for post-secondary students.

Through funding from numerous organizations and foundations, Achieve PBC is now ready to hire an executive leader to oversee implementation of this work. 

This position is hosted at the United Way of Palm Beach County, and a position description is attached.

To submit an application for this position, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

The deadline for applications is March 24, 2017.

Additional information on the initiative is available at


Culture Matters: Using A Culture of Adaptive Learning to Implement Collective Impact

This article explores how the First 2000 Days Network has used a culture of adaptive learning to implement our Collective Impact initiative.   We share how this approach has impacted our structure, governance, leadership capacity, and shared measurement approach.    Also included are some key considerations for Collective Impact implementors when supporting cultures which value continuous improvement and adaptive learning.

This article is a supplement to our case study "Establishing Pre-Conditions for Systems Change in Early Childhood Development", linked below.

Your comments and feedback welcome!

FREE Webinar about Role of Collective Impact to Reduce Opioid Misuse

Posted 4 years ago at 9:40 pm

Collective Impact consultancy, Insightformation, Inc., is hosting a free webinar on Monday, Aug. 29th, at 10:00A (CDT). Register here:



Communities across the country are facing the many challenges of opioid abuse. Opioid-related deaths, and related health and social problems, are rising at an alarming rate. Insightformation offers a strategic template for how a community could address the opioid crisis in way that builds on the experience and plans of other communities.

Participants will learn the value of using a “zoomable strategy map” as a way to organize the details of a multi-faceted strategy that coordinates the efforts of a broad group of stakeholders. The strategy maps also become a framework for measurement and evaluation.

Participants will learn how to start with a template to engage a broad number of organizations. As a result, they can accelerate efforts to rapidly make progress on this important health issue.

Connect with us via Twitter (@IFImpact) before, during, and after the webinar: #reduceopioidabuse. Also, we'll make replays available to those who register.

Equity Leaders Fellowship: Focus on Equity & Excellence in Education

Posted 4 years ago at 9:40 pm

Are you interested in more effectively integrating equity into your collective impact effort to improve educational outcomes?

Education-Excellence-Equity (E3) and Just Communities are pleased to announce our second annual Equity Implementation Fellows Program. This 14-month program offers knowledge, skills, and tools to leaders of collective impact initiatives that will help them incorporate equity into every aspect of their collective impact effort in ways that produce measurable impact.

See attached PPT overview and application materials.  For questions or more information, contact us at:

Just Communities - Jarrod Schwartz:

E3 - Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz: