"Collaboration is nothing new. The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants." - John Kania & Mark Kramer
Collective Impact initiatives require a new way of thinking about and approaching collaboration. Creating a shared vision and aligned activities can be challenging when working with multiple partners -- and even more so when those partnerships are across different organizations or even sectors.
As part of a Collective Impact initiative, partners must tackle big issues such as creating a shared vision, aligning activities, reconciling organizational cultures and creating a method of shared-measurement. In order to successfully tackle the big issues, however, partners must be able to tackle the seemingly small challenges to avoid frustration and inefficiencies.
Take a look at this Collective Impact Toolbox for free, easy-to-use tools compiled by Living Cities. These tools will ensure your collaborative efforts are effective and efficient and allow your partners to dedicate their time and energy where it is most needed.
Looking to take your learning to the next level? Check out these great resources:
- A collection of Collective Impact learning resources via Tamarack Institute
- 5 Practices to build and maintain momentum in your work
- 3 tools and techniques to add to your toolkit