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:
Ground the work in data and context, and target solutions
Focus on systems change, in addition to programs and services
Shift power within the collaborative
Listen to and act with community
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