Collective impact was recognized relatively recently as a formal discipline by John Kania & Mark Kramer in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The term was used to describe systemic approach to social impact that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives. We began supporting this method of working in 2001 with the Juvenile Justice Mental and Behavioral Health Collaborative, which over time developed the conditions described for collective impact by Kania and Kramer.
Since that first project, we have developed an array of support services to help diverse coalitions launch efforts that meet some or all of the five formal conditions for collective impact. One of our broadest collective impact projects is recognized as a national best practice in the field. Our strategy, design and launch services have helped groups design and launch strategies and practices to operationalize all of these conditions listed below.
- Common Agenda
- Shared Measurement Systems
- Mutually Reinforcing Activities
- Continuous Communication Strategies
- Backbone Organization