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Collective Impact Model (The Basics)

What is Collective Impact? The collective impact approach is “a network of community members, organizations, and institutions that advance equity by learning together, aligning, and integrating their actions to achieve population and systems-level change” (Kania et al. 2021).

The collective impact framework consists of five components:

1. A common agenda

2. Shared measurement system

3. Mutual reinforcing activities

4. Continuous communication

5. Backbone support organization

I’ve done prior videos where I talk about my experience at the collective impact forum, but I haven’t explained the model itself yet. In this video, I outline the components and provide some collective impact examples along the way.


Blatz, J. (2021). Using Data to Disrupt Systemic Inequity. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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.

Piff, J. (2021). Data in Collective Impact: Focusing on What Matters. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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