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Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

March 4, 2014 - 12:00 pm to March 6, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Achieving collective impact requires all partners to clearly understand collaborative work and how partnerships improve conditions in communities. This learning opportunity provides a survey of five key steps in collaborative work and how these steps put partnerships on a clear path to improving lives.

These steps are taught as part of a Big Picture Approach that helps community teams create a community-specific diagnosis and action plan, forge better connections to existing work in their community, and maintain an approach to this work that is both holistic and aspirational. This is a “hands-on lab” during which participants will apply the five steps and tools they learn to specific initiatives they support in their own community. Participants will learn the "nuts and bolts" for creating the conditions of collective impact, and ultimately improving outcomes.

This program is developed and delivered by Community Systems Group and The Forum for Youth Investment. It is designed for leaders and staff of partnerships working to improve community conditions and outcomes. This course is also intended for organizations that provide support to neighborhood groups, prevention coalitions, provider partnerships, and overarching leadership councils that are taking a collective impact approach to their work. Communities may send more than one individual but the course is designed to improve the understanding and skills of professionals working to achieve collective impact – professionals who are often employed by “back bone organizations.”

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

•     Describe and apply a five-step process partnerships use to improve community conditions and outcomes.

•     Improve their current work by applying the principles that distinguish a Big Picture Approach along with specific partnership performance standards.

•     Understand ways they can secure specific supports their partnership will require.

•     Access from a suite of on-line performance supports the tools that can help them in their efforts to implement the five-step process in their own communities.

To learn more about the Big Picture Approach and to see some of the materials, go here.

Featured Presenters:

Merita Irby
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Evensen
Senior Vice President, Community Planning and Evaluation, The Forum for Youth Investment
President, Community Systems Group

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