Collective Impact

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Collective Impact

Below is a list of Collective Impact resources and articles which help to explain and develop an understanding of collective impact theory and practice.

Collective Impact, SSIR 2011

– This article was one of the first collective impact publications.  Inspired by Strive Partnership and other collective impact efforts, authors John Kania and Mark Kramer created language and a model around the concept of collective in their Winter 2011 article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Collective Impact: Transactions, Transformations and Translations

-Transactions, Transformations and Translations: Metrics that matter for building, scaling, and funding social movements.  Published by the USC Program for Environmental & Regional Equity and supported by the Ford Foundation

Collective Impact Case Study: Memphis

– Produced by the Bridge Span Group, this report provides an overview of the work of a collective impact effort out of Memphis, Tennessee that was able to reduce the number of violent crimes in the area by 27% over the course of five years.  This case study is one of many featuring collective impact work made available by the Bridge Span group.

Teaming Up to End Homelessness

-This September 2012 New York Times article highlights the collaborative work of the national campaign aimed at placing 100,000 homeless or vulnerable people in housing using a Rapid Results approach.

Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations

– A July 2012 publication of the Stanford Social Innovation Review co-authored by John Kania, this article further explains the role and value of the backbone organization in collective impact efforts, making an example of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and other backbone organizations in the Cincinnati area.

Embracing Emergence in Collective Impact, SSIR January 2013

Two years after publishing their first Collective Impact article in the SSIR, John Kania and Mark Kramer published this article explaining the potential unforeseen opportunities that may arise by working in a collective impact manner.  They provide a handful of examples of collective impact efforts that found themselves in a position to recognize and take advantage of opportunities specifically because they were working collectively.


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