Collective Impact

Collective Impact: the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem and a shift from the social sector’s current paradigm of “isolated impact.” No single organization can create large-scale, lasting social change alone.

Mark Kramer, John Kania
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011

The five conditions of collective impact:

Backbone Support - Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies

Common Vision - Common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions

Continuous Communication - Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and appreciate common motivation

Mutually Reinforcing Activities - Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action

Shared Measurement - Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable


How the five key conditions are embedded in all of PNSGs work

As a collaborative we have established a common vision through the Peel ‘Community Plan’. We have come together and identified key indicators establishing shared measurement that ensures our efforts remain aligned and that we are committed to collecting data and measuring results. We have established a central planning table and three working groups to mutually reinforce activities where participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a plan of action. We are committed to continuous communication through our website, newsletters and annual collective impact report and through conversations between agencies, funders, partners and residents. We are the backbone support with staff expertise, commitment and skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies to be engaged, involved and excited about the work we do. Through multi-funder support and diverse partnerships, the backbone function is realized when partners assist with overall strategic direction, facilitate dialogue between one another, manage data collection and analysis, handle communications, coordinate community outreach, and mobilize funding.

Collective Impact Reports

The Collective Impact Reports embody PNSGs efforts for the successful inclusion of newcomers into all aspects of society. Click below to read the first 2 collective impact reports.

2012/2013 Collective Impact Report

2013/2014 Collective Impact Report

Unsure how to use the 2013-2014 Collective Impact report? Click here for a few suggestions. 

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