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Ready News: September 3, 2014

Ready News
September 3, 2014

Just Released: A Special Report about Collective Impact


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

Stories About Collective Impact

When multiple initiatives develop overlapping missions, members and audiences, how can you reduce competition and increase impact? 

Northern Kentucky faced just that dilemma, with an array of education initiatives involving schools, businesses, government and civic organizations. Today, those efforts are aligned through a backbone organization that aims to improve all youth supports, from birth to career. Getting there required lots of analysis and negotiation, including some "uncomfortable conversations" among partners. 

A new case study, which is part of an inspiring collection of articles about carrying out collective impact strategies, outlines how they aligned these efforts.

A Special Supplement

The new issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) includes a special supplement, Collective Insights on Collective Impact, featuring nine articles from leading practitioners, funders and thought leaders. Curated and funded by the Collective Impact Forum, the supplement focuses on such issues as evaluation, opportunity youth and the role of grantmakers. 

The Forum for Youth Investment is proud to have contributed two articles:

  • Aligning Collective Impact Initiatives (The case study from Northern Kentucky summarized above.)
  • Making Public Policy Collective Impact Friendly. While partnerships around the country work to achieve collective impact, federal, state and local policies often impede these efforts, albeit inadvertently. The obstacles include rigid funding models, a narrow focus on annual reporting, siloed agencies and unaligned data sets. The good news: Some current policies, governmental structures, and processes do help partnerships achieve collective impact.

Watch for more resources for policymakers next week.

Education and Training

You can follow up on the SSIR supplement with these opportunities to hone your skills: 

Webinars - FSG is launching a series of webinars to explore aspects of selected articles in the supplement. Find out more here. In one of the webinars, Too Much Collective, Too Little Impact, Forum co-founders Merita Irby and Karen Pittman explore the challenge of aligning multiple collective impact initiatives.

Big Picture Approach Institute - The Forum for Youth Investment and FSG are teaming up to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. Join this three-day institute to learn how to create the five conditions for success through clear, sequenced steps: from partnership creation, community engagement, goal-setting and problem analysis to intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of issues in their communities, focusing on how to apply the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies back home.

Oct. 14-16, St. Louis, Mo.

Find out more.


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