The Child & Youth Health Network is using a Collective Impact as an approach to improve outcomes for young people throughout Southern Vancouver Island.
Collective Impact is a complexity-theory based approach that engages cross-sectorial partners for system change. Collective Impact enables stakeholders to use existing resources to improve the health and sustainability of their communities by: 1) convening around a common agenda that is supported by locally-generated data; and 2) redesigning initiatives to ensure mutually reinforcing activities. Due to its effectiveness, Collective Impact is being taken up by communities across North America and around the globe, as a way for diverse stakeholders to address some of our most complex 21st-century challenges.
The following are resources on the Collective Impact model.
Collective Impact in Action
- The London Child & Youth Network is a child & youth focused Collective Impact initiative in London, Ontario.
- The United States has a network of ‘cradle to career’ initiatives called Strive Together.
- The original Collective Impact paper, with links to other papers published by the Stanford Social Innovation review.
- A recent, comprehensive text resource is ‘Collective Insights on Collective Impact’ from the Stanford Social Innovation Review is comprised of 9 short articles and includes some of the most recent thinking about Collective Impact.
- Investigate the Collective Impact Forum.
- Investigate an interactive theory of action for ‘cradle to career’ initiatives using Collective Impact.
- A podcast from Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement with Paul Born and John Kania. Also includes a text summary of Collective Impact and links to additional resources.
- From the Collective Impact Forum archive, practitioners answer the question “Why Collective Impact?” in this short video.
- Also from the Collective Impact Forum, a 2-minute introductory ‘motion graphic’ Tackling Complex Social Problems through Collective Impact.
For more information contact Petra Chambers-Sinclair, Coordinator, Child & Youth Health Network Collective Impact initiative: firstname.lastname@example.org