Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
Throughout the country, agencies and organizations are finding new ways of working together. Services, supports and programs that were once offered alone must connect to create a more efficient, cohesive and coordinated system.
Some system-building efforts are required by funders to collaborate with partners. Other system-building efforts are driven by leaders, who know that collaborating to offer programs and services is more effective. Either way, building systems requires that the individual entities think and act intentionally in concert, engage in joint processes and share knowledge and resources. This is complex work and takes time and often requires a shift in community and organizational culture.
Collaborating for Collective Impact includes ensuring the right people are participating, creating shared vision and mission and agenda, planning for and executing implementation of complimentary activities and communication pathways, and using common measures to evaluate the work. CM is invested in engaging people with lived experience across all cultural groups in all phases of the process. CM partners offer training, technical assistance, consultation and coaching to create, maintain and repair collaboration.