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Collective Impact for Conservation (SSIR)

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How effective collaboration led to the largest conservation deal in history.


On May 21, 2014, the government of Brazil and multiple public and private funders signed a deal that commits $215 million to help secure the durability of the world’s largest system of tropical forest protected areas. This single closing involved actions, funding, and commitments from organizations in both the public and private sectors, within Brazil and internationally, to achieve an ambitious vision for large-scale conservation—and it underscored the power of collective impact.

What does it take to secure the largest conservation deal in history? A big idea; unprecedented collaboration between governments, NGOs, and funders; and a financing model imported from Wall Street.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (SSIR)

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This follow-up on the popular "Collective Impact" article provides updated, in-depth guidance.


What does a global effort to reduce malnutrition have in common with a program to reduce teenage substance abuse in a small rural Massachusetts county? Both have achieved significant progress toward their goals: the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has helped reduce nutritional deficiencies among 530 million poor people across the globe, while the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin (Communities That Care) has made equally impressive progress toward its much more local goals, reducing teenage binge drinking by 31 percent. Surprisingly, neither organization owes its impact to a new previously untested intervention, nor to scaling up a high-performing nonprofit organization. Despite their dramatic differences in focus and scope, both succeeded by using a collective impact approach.


In the winter 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we introduced the concept of “collective impact” by describing several examples of highly structured collaborative efforts that had achieved substantial impact on a large scale social problem, such as The Strive Partnership1 educational initiative in Cincinnati, the environmental cleanup of the Elizabeth River in Virginia, and the Shape Up Somerville campaign against childhood obesity in Somerville, Mass. All of these initiatives share the five key conditions that distinguish collective impact from other types of collaboration: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and the presence of a backbone organization. (See ”The Five Conditions of Collective Impact,” below.)

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mPedigree: A Collective Impact Case Study (SSIR)

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By combining the collective impact of government organizations, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and businesses, we can produce a much more effective model for social innovation. While much has been discussed about collective impact, in reality, more needs to be done by organizations to actively adopt this model.


In the case of the pharmaceutical drug market in Africa, government regulation on its own could not fully reduce the prevalence of counterfeit medicine in clinics. Let’s take a look at how aligning shared interests across sectors can create greater value than a single organization could achieve on its own.



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A New Study of Collective Impact Efforts (SSIR)

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With Wallace Foundation backing, Columbia University’s Teachers College sets out to learn from past initiatives, document current ones, and find answers to complex questions.
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Using Collective Impact to End Homelessness (SSIR)

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Earlier this year, a colleague handed me the Stanford Social Innovation Review article “Collective Impact.” Intuitively, I knew that the basic premise—that large-scale change requires broad cross-sector coordination—was true from my work on Community Solutions100,000 Homes Campaign; however, thanks to a recent survey that we conducted with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, we now have some preliminary data to support it further.



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FSG News - New Collective Impact Resources: 8 Case Studies of Successful Initiatives

FSG News - New Collective Impact Resources: 8 Case Studies of Successful Initiatives | Collective Impact Research and Case Studies | Scoop.it

One of the most common questions we hear about collective impact is "What works?"

To share examples of successful collective impact initiatives, we've created a series of case studies that feature collective impact initiatives across a range of issues areas. Each brief study describes how the initiative began, how the five components of collective impact have taken shape, their results to date, and lessons learned. Many case studies also include a practitioner interview with the initiative's backbone leader.

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Max Hardy's curator insight, February 3, 2015 1:08 PM

You'd like evidence that Collective Impact makes an impact? Check these out. Seriously.