Through my involvement with the NEK Collaborative, I became interested in Collective Impact, and its successes in getting organizations to work more closely together towards common ends. I put together references for the NEK Collaborative board when we were learning about this model. As a home for the references, I’m copying most of a page from the Collaborative’s site here, so their page can be removed, with perhaps a reference here.
The Collaborative is interested in … the Collective Impact model of social change … in the Northeast Kingdom. The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) has helped us put together conversations during 2015. VCRD’s site has their report of that work [PDF]. Links to Planning and other documents can be found on the Collaborative’s How We Work page.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has many resources about Collective Impact, most of which are available as web pages or as PDFs. The page at the first link has links to most of the rest.
- Collective Impact – Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. (7 page PDF, 885 KB)
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work – This follow-up on the popular “Collective Impact” article provides updated, in-depth guidance. (9 page PDF, 515 KB)
- Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact – An in-depth review of what it takes to be a backbone organization, and how to evaluate and support its work. (Part 1 of 4 – links to parts 2, 3, and 4 on this page)
- Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity – Collective impact is upending conventional wisdom on how we achieve social progress. (8 page PDF, 416 KB)
- Collective Insights on Collective Impact (has links to 9 individual articles) – This special supplement features the most recent thinking and learning about how to use the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems. (Digital Edition; 24 page PDF, 7.7 MB)
- One of the articles, Defining Quality Collective Impact, has a chart of the Theory of Action used by StriveTogether (their focus is education, their ideas are more widely applicable). The chart is an excellent compact summary of necessary components of an effective Collective Impact effort. A more complete version of the chart (2 11″x17″ page PDF, 608 KB) is available from the StriveTogether site.
- Rereading “Collective Impact”: Three Lessons – Fresh insights gleaned from the article that started it all.
FSG is an organization that works with Collective Impact. Their short videos have little content. The hour-long Webinar is more substantive. The presentation (PDF, 2.5 MB) that goes with the webinar gives a sense of what was discussed.
Tamarack is a Canadian “Institute for Community Engagement” that also works with the Collective Impact model. The page for their webinar on Collective Impact Backbone organizations has links to related resources. Their Theory of Social Change talks about Learning Communities.
Here are the readings that were suggested for participants at the Retreat held in October, 2014.
- Story of Self, Information (PDF, 178 KB) – “assignment” to do before the Retreat.
- Eli’s Story (sound file, 1.9 MB) – example of a Story of Self – right click, download and play.
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (9 page PDF, 515 KB) – article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.
- Our Iceberg is Melting – Changing and Succeeding Under any Conditions ( 98 page PDF, 5.5 MB) – fable with penguins as the main characters.
- Creating Shared Story – Introduction to Public Narrative & Story of Self (6 page PDF, 417 KB) – cover + 5 page article on the power of stories for changing behavior.
- Presentation by Mathew Barewicz, Vermont Dept. of Labor (Powerpoint, 2.0 MB) – 19 slides of information about the population and labor market of the NEK – right click, download and open.