• Michelle Molina

Centering Equity in Collective Impact


The Collective Impact model offers one way to address complex challenges. However, experts shared that not centering equity is a common pitfall of Collective Impact initiatives. In this video, I review their suggestions for what it means to center equity. Namely the following five strategies:

  1. Ground the work in data and context, and target solutions

  2. Focus on systems change, in addition to programs and services

  3. Shift power within the collaborative

  4. Listen to and act with community

  5. Build equity leadership and accountability


Considering these strategies and what they look like can help you make sure you make the most of the Collective Impact Framework.


Resources / Sources:


Short Video about Segregation: https://www.segregatedbydesign.com/


Blatz, J. (2021). Using Data to Disrupt Systemic Inequity. Stanford Social Innovation Review. https://doi.org/10.48558/Z0CC-0A25


Brown, A. M. (2021). Holding change: The way of emergent strategy facilitation and mediation. Consortium Book Sales & Dist.


Gonzalez, R., & Facilitating Power (2019). The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, Movement Strategy. Retrieved from: https://movementstrategy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Spectrum-of-Community-Engagement-to-Ownership.pdf


Kania, J., Williams, J., Schmitz, P., Brady, S., Kramer, M., & Juster, J. S. (2021). Centering Equity in Collective Impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 20(1), 38–45. https://doi.org/10.48558/RN5M-CA77


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