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Collective Impact

Collaboration is more than simply working together. 

Currently, families face a network of services that is difficult to navigate with many confusing and complex roads to resources:

  • Lack of access 
  • Competition for limited resources
  • Short-term solutions
  • Services for the child only
  • Services for the adult only 

CURRENT APPROACH

 

The difficulty in navigating these complex systems, from education and healthcare to government assistance and community programs, can keep a family trapped in poverty.  
 

COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Utilizing five conditions: common agenda, shared measurement plan, progress measures, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support, Collective Impact fundamentally changes the way nonprofits, public, and private partners work together to address the root causes of complex social issues with which families with low income struggle.
 
There is momentum toward Collective Impact building across the nation. Hundreds of initiatives, including many in the United way system, are using this approach, including several federal programs such as the 2014 Social Innovation Fund and programs of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: The Collective Impact Forum, 2015). Learn more about Collective Impact at www.collectiveimpactforum.org.
 

CURRENT APPROACH   >   CORE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH   >   FAMILY SUCCESS
 

Infographic inspired by United Way of Greater Triangle.