Chapter 2: Assessing Readiness

There are three pre-conditions of Collective Impact: Influential Champions; Urgency of Issue; and Adequate Resources. Together, these 3 pre-conditions identify three community elements that determine the success of a Collective Impact effort. A good assessment of these conditions enables groups to undertake the groundwork needed to build awareness, and ultimately momentum, around its issue. The three pre-conditions are defined below:

  • Influential Champions: Are influential community champions drawn to the issue and willing to commit their collective resources and networks to move the issue forward?
  • Urgency of the Issue: Does the community perceive the issue to be both important and urgent? What data is required to gain greater clarity about the issue?
  • Adequate Resources: What resources are required to ensure that the partners have sufficient capacity to move the issue forward? These can include resources for convening meetings, research, and community engagement.

Collective Impact Tools

Each chapter's primary tools are fundamental resources designed to help grow a more complete understanding of each stage of Collective Impact. Start your journey in this chapter by reviewing each of the primary tools. Once this is complete, you can move on to the secondary and diving deeper into resources to help gain a better grasp of specific elements that have been introduced.



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