Collective Impact

Collective Impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success.

The Five Conditions of Collective Impact

Common Agenda All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

Shared Measurement Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action. 

Continuous Communication Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation. 

Backbone Support Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies. 


Collective Impact Definition. Source: Collective Impact – FSG

The Five Conditions of Collective Impact. Source: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work