Collective Impact is a framework for facilitating and achieving large scale social change. It is a structured and disciplined approach to bringing cross-sector organisations together to focus on a common agenda that results in long-lasting change.
When Kania and Kramer wrote about collective impact in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in the Fall of 2011 they identified five key conditions:
All participants have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all the participants ensures shared measurement for alignment and accountability.
A plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant.
Open and continuous communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.
A backbone organisation(s) with staff and specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organisations and agencies.
We believe collective impact has enormous potential to support ILC projects. For those of you who want to learn more about collective impact, these websites some fantastic resources:
Elizabeth McGarry explores the fine print behind the long awaited funding opportunity for what are generally known as user-led organisations: A $19.9 million funding round for the ILC program.
West Australia has just been given the opportunity to apply for $7 million worth of funding via an Expression Of Interest (EOI) process. As Elizabeth explores, this round looks very different from previous ILC funding opportunities.
Troublingly, estimates show that only 89% of people with disability in Australia will not be eligible for the NDIS. Sara explores how providers can support people will find themselves ineligible but still very much in need of support.
The latest funding round for Information, Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) opened yesterday and the funding available is greater than any previous round.