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1 Boston | Geneva | Mumbai | San Francisco | Seattle | Washington FSG.ORG Collective Impact October 24, 2012

2 FSG.ORG 2 © 2012 FSG Juvenile Justice in New York $286,00089% recidivism rate=

3 FSG.ORG 3 © 2012 FSG The New York Juvenile Justice System

4 FSG.ORG 4 © 2012 FSG Today’s Talk Concepts and Elements of Collective Impact Collective Impact Examples How CI applies to their work Questions and Answers

5 FSG.ORG 5 © 2012 FSG FSG Overview Nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation and research with offices in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, DC, Geneva, and Mumbai Partner with foundations, nonprofits, governments, and corporations to develop more effective solutions to the world’s most challenging issues Recognized thought leader in social impact, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility Staff of 100 full-time professionals with passion and experience to solve social problems Advancing Collective Impact via publications, conferences, speaking engagements, client projects

6 FSG.ORG 6 © 2012 FSG FSG is Playing a Leadership Role in Accelerating Disciplined Collective Approaches to Solving Large-Scale Social Problems Client work in Collective Impact: FSG understands how to enable and sustain cross-sector partnerships through our work with clients in the following sectors: FSG articles paved the way for Collective Impact: ‒ Leading Boldly (2004) ‒ Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement (2008) ‒ Catalytic Philanthropy (2009) ‒ Collective Impact (2011) ‒ Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work (2012) ‒ Economic development ‒ Education reform ‒ Environmental sustainability ‒ Juvenile justice ‒ Teen substance abuse

7 FSG.ORG 7 © 2012 FSG There Are Several Types of Problems Source: Adapted from “Getting to Maybe” Simple Complicated Baking a CakeSending a Rocket to the Moon Social sector treats problems as simple or complicated Complex Raising a Child

8 FSG.ORG 8 © 2012 FSG Traditional Approaches Are Not Solving Our Toughest – Often Complex – Challenges Funders select individual grantees Organizations work separately and compete Evaluation attempts to isolate a particular organization’s impact Large scale change is assumed to depend on scaling organizations Corporate and government sectors are often disconnected from foundations and nonprofits Isolated Impact

9 FSG.ORG 9 © 2012 FSG Imagine a Different Approach – Multiple Players Working Together to Solve Complex Issues All working toward the same goal and measuring the same things Cross-sector alignment with government, nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate sectors as partners Organizations actively coordinating their action and sharing lessons learned Isolated ImpactCollective Impact

10 FSG.ORG 10 © 2012 FSG Collective Impact Is a Unique and Differentiated Approach to Bringing Actors Across Sectors Together to Work Toward a Common Agenda It is distinct from other forms of collaboration Type of Collaboration Definition Collective Impact Initiatives Long-term commitments by a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem Funder Collaboratives Groups of funders interested in supporting the same issue who pool their resources Public-Private Partnerships Partnerships formed between government and private sector organizations to deliver specific services or benefits Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Voluntary activities by stakeholders from different sectors around a common theme Social Sector Networks Groups of individuals or organizations fluidly connected through purposeful relationships, whether formal or informal More Elements of Collective Impact

11 FSG.ORG 11 © 2012 FSG Achieving Large-Scale Change through Collective Impact Involves Five Key Elements Common Agenda Shared Measurement Mutually Reinforcing Activities Continuous Communication Backbone Support Source: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work, 2012; FSG Interviews and Analysis

12 FSG.ORG 12 © 2012 FSG Strive: Common Agenda Materials developed by Strive, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. For more information, see

13 FSG.ORG 13 © 2012 FSG Strive: Shared Measurement Materials developed by Strive, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. For more information, see

14 FSG.ORG 14 © 2012 FSG The Collective Impact Approach Can Be Applied to Many Complex Social Issues Education Healthcare Economic Development Youth Development Homelessness Community Development * * * * * Indicates FSG Client

15 FSG.ORG 15 © 2012 FSG How Do You Know If You Are Ready for Collective Impact? Influential Champion Financial Resources Urgency for Change Commands respect and engages cross-sector leaders Focused on solving problem but allows participants to figure out answers for themselves Committed funding partners Sustained funding for at least 2-3 years Pays for needed infrastructure and planning Critical problem in the community Frustration with existing approaches Multiple actors calling for change Engaged funders and policy makers Source: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work, 2012; FSG Interviews

16 FSG.ORG 16 © 2012 FSG Discussion 1.What resonated most about collective impact? How can you apply this approach to advance your current collaborative work? 2.Which of the collective impact elements could be strengthened in your collaborative work? 3.What are key next steps you will take? What support do you need?

17 FSG.ORG 17 © 2012 FSG Develop group, structure communication and decision making Map the landscape and use data to make case Facilitate community outreach Create infrastructure (backbone and processes) Facilitate and refine Analyze baseline data to ID key issues and gaps Components for Success Create common agenda (goals, strategy) Engage community and build public will Establish shared metrics (indicators, measurement, and approach) Support implementation (alignment to goal and strategies) Continue engagement, conduct advocacy Collect, track, report progress (process to learn and improve) Governance &Infrastructure StrategicPlanning CommunityInvolvement Evaluation &Improvement Collective Impact Efforts Tend to Develop over Three Key Phases Phase II Organize for Impact Phase III Sustain Action & Impact Phase I Initiate Action

18 FSG.ORG 18 © 2012 FSG Timing for Each Phase Varies by Collective Impact Initiative May 2010 – Dec 2010 (7 months) Sept 2010 – Feb 2011 (5 months) Jan 2011 – Dec 2011 (12 months) 2012  May 2011-Oct 2011 (5 months) Initiative Feb 2011 – Nov 2011 (9 months) Nov 2011 – May 2012 (7 months) Nov 2011  June 2012  Phase II Organize for Impact Phase III Sustain Action & Impact Phase I Initiate Action

19 FSG.ORG 19 © 2012 FSG Working in Collective Impact Requires a Mindset Shift Technical Solutions to Problems Adaptive Solutions to Problems Silver BulletSilver Buckshot CreditCredibility CompetitionCoordination Source: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work, 2012; FSG Interviews and Analysis

20 FSG.ORG 20 © 2012 FSG Discussion: Collective Impact and CHPC How can the Consortium support regional CI efforts? How could Collective Impact be useful in sustaining and increasing the impact of the Consortium? What are next steps and what role are you willing to play?

21 FSG.ORG 21 © 2012 FSG Thank You! Lalitha Vaidyanathan Managing Director, FSG Collective Impact resources available on


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