“Collective impact is fundamentally not about creating a whole new initiative, but rather connecting and strengthening existing efforts and filling gaps.”
“Quick wins are important for demonstrating the value of collective work, keeping people engaged, and building support”
Forming a steering committee and creating a common agenda is hard work. However, what happens after the vision has been agreed upon? How do you create an infrastructure that can make progress toward achieving the common agenda?
This transition in the life of an initiative is the subject of the article Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation. In the article, written as a practical tool for practitioners, David Phillips (Consultant, FSG) and Jennifer Splansky Juster (Director, FSG and The Collective Impact Forum) discuss:
The structure for implementing collective impact
Considerations when determining which working groups to create to pursue the common agenda, and when to launch them
How to identify stakeholders best suited to serve on working groups
How working groups can succeed in their first six months.
The article appears in the spring edition of Community Investments, which is dedicated entirely to the theme of “collective action for community development.” Community Investments is a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and widely read in the community development field.