Creating and sustaining an infrastructure that provides a continuous pipeline of educational opportunities for children from birth to age eight, along with the necessary support services for their families, requires intentional planning and well-coordinated approach.
Partners in the coalition have a long history of collaborating with one another on special projects and initiatives. However, the Coalition’s work goes beyond traditional collaboration and utilizes a Collective Impact approach for community systems building.
To put it simply, Collective Impact is when a group of individuals, agencies or programs from different sectors commit to a common agenda for solving one or more complex social problem. This is done by coordinating efforts and working together around a clearly defined goal/goals.
Five conditions lead to meaningful results from collective impact: a common agenda, common progress measures, mutually reinforcing activities, communication and a backbone organization that takes on the role of managing the collaboration.
For more information on Collective Impact go to http://www.collectiveimpactforum.org/