Quick Poll on Community Engagement

Posted 4 years ago at 2:01 pm

In a previous poll, almost 50% of Forum respondents shared that engaging communities was one of the most challenging aspects within their collective impact effort. We’d like to hear what you find successful and challenging when working with community members and those most affected by your work.

Please take 2 minutes to complete this poll, and we look forward to sharing the results with you next month!

Forum Quick Poll - Engaging Communities

Forum Quick Poll - Vote for what the Forum Book Club reads next!

Posted 4 years ago at 2:01 pm

Recently, we got a great group of suggestions from Forum members on what books to think about as future selections for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. We've now taken all those suggestions, and made them the next Forum Quick Poll.

Please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey and choose your top 5 book choices from the 20 recommendations.

Take the Survey: Vote for what the Forum Book Club will read next

We look forward to sharing the results with you next month!


Want to review the titles before voting?

Below is a list of what titles were recommended by Forum members. (In the poll, you will be asked to choose your top 5 from this list.)

  1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  2. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige
  3. Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown 
  4. Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment by James I. Charlton
  5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
  6. Moved to Create: We are always creating, Now we can create consciously by Julie Delene
  7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  8. The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems by William Eggers and Paul MacMillan
  9. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcom Gladwell
  10. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath;
  11. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine
  12. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
  13. Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 by Natalia Molina
  14. Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes In an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino
  15. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
  16. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  17. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby
  18. The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World by Marshall Rosenberg
  19. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  20. Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits-and Won by Marc Solomon

One recommended choice we were unable to include in the survey was Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace. The reason this title was not included was that it is currently only available in hardcover, and our goal is to include books that are available in both paperback and ebook form.

Thank you to everyone for contributing recommendations!

Quick Poll Results - Your Most Challenging Issues for Your Collective Impact Work

Posted 4 years ago at 2:01 pm

Hello, everyone! We’re excited to share with you the results of last month’s Quick Poll that focused on your most challenging issues.

86 respondents provided feedback in this first Forum Quick Poll. The results are:

Respondent by Roles
(Respondents were allowed to choose multiple roles.)

  • Backbone Organization: 59%
  • Partnering Organization: 34%
  • TA/Consultant: 21%
  • Funder: 20%
  • Academia/Researcher: 16%
  • Other: 8%
  • Policymaker: 4%

Current Stage of CI Initiative:

  • Not Yet Initiated: 20%
  • Early Years: 39%
  • Middle Years: 25%
  • Later Years: 8%
  • N/A: 8%

Most Challenging Topics:

Even though the respondent group is only a small subset of the full Forum membership, what you shared aligned a lot with what we’re hearing at related collective impact events and in the field.

Community engagement and aligning initiatives are still the most top-of-mind challenges and are often what we here the most questions about. Evaluation, leadership, and other topics like equity and sustainability are also areas that many are working through.

  • Aligning Initiatives: 45%
  • Community Engagement: 44%
  • Evaluation: 33%
  • Sustainability: 25%
  • Leadership: 24%
  • Equity: 23%
  • Pre-Conditions: 23%
  • Effectiveness: 18%
  • Private-Sector: 16%
  • Public-Sector: 11%
  • Other: 10%
  • Board Buy-In: 9%

*Respondents could choose up to 3 areas that they found the most challenging or important for their current collective impact work.

For those that voted for “other”, issues submitted included: Defining the role of the backbone, scaling, shared measurement, collective impact in rural areas, organizational development, collaboration and how to share ownership.

When broken up by Backbone, Funder, and Partner roles, the most challenging areas are:

  • Backbone: Aligning Initiatives (53%), Community Engagement (39%) and Evaluation (39%)
  • Funder: Community Engagement (41%), Leadership (41%) and Aligning Initiatives (29%)
  • Partner: Aligning Initiatives (47%), Community Engagement (47%) and Evaluation (33%)

One note of interest—we often hear questions about how to encourage buy-in from a board to join a collective impact effort, but “Board Buy-In” was the choice with the fewest number of votes for this group of respondents.

What do you think?

How do these results resonate with you? Does this fall similarly with your priorities right now? Or are there others that you find more top-of-mind?

Please share with us your thoughts in the comments, and thank you to everyone who voted in this Quick Poll!