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Collective Impact

Collective Impact

Collective impact, the model on which TCCC is based, addresses large-scale social issues involving multiple stakeholders through collaboration and trust. The purpose of TCCC is not to create new programs, but rather to facilitate greater collaboration among partners committed to improving educational outcomes in our community.

In the past, most programs and initiatives have worked independently, often operating in silos and disconnected from other organizations with similar missions. Despite the deployment of significant resources, these efforts have not yet brought about the improvements needed to help every child succeed.

No single organization can create the type of large-scale, systemic change we need, nor can our shortcomings be addressed by simply expanding any individual program. Instead, as partners committed to collective impact, we can encourage coordinated action, share information and knowledge, and help one another succeed independently, while also advancing the broader community vision that we share.

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The key components of collective impact are:

  • Common agenda: All participants share a vision for change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed-upon actions.
  • Shared measurement: All participating organizations agree on the ways success will be measured and reported, with a short list of common indicators identified and used for learning and improvement.
  • Mutually reinforcing activities: A diverse set of stakeholders, typically across sectors, coordinate a set of differentiated activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.
  • Continuous communication: All players engage in frequent and structured open communication to build trust, assure mutual objectives and create common motivation.
  • Backbone support: An independent, funded staff dedicated to the initiative provides ongoing support by guiding the initiative’s vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities, establishing shared measurement practices, building public will, advancing policy and mobilizing resources.

​​“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.”


New Research: Collective Impact and the New Generation of Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education