Job Opportunity - Vice President (Achieve Palm Beach County)

Posted 27 days ago at 4:43 am

Job Opportunity – Vice President (Achieve Palm Beach County)

Achieve Palm Beach County is a collective impact initiative including a broad group of over 170 community leaders from more than 40 partner organizations representing various sectors (e.g., the public school district, local government, nonprofit providers, funders, corporations, and civic and business organizations) focused on improving post-secondary education access and completion for Palm Beach County Students. 

With a strategic plan that serves as a blueprint for the work moving forward, the Achieve PBC partners have defined their vision - that every Palm Beach County high school graduate completes a post-secondary credential within six-years of high school graduation that prepares them for a meaningful career with a sustainable wage.  Further, they’ve defined their mission - as collectively ensuring an integrated and effective system of supports from middle school through post-secondary that empowers students for career success.

The initial focus of work for the partners is on 1) parent engagement and support, 2) post-secondary advising for high school students, 3) FAFSA completion, and 4) scholarships, non-financial, and other supports for post-secondary students.

Through funding from numerous organizations and foundations, Achieve PBC is now ready to hire an executive leader to oversee implementation of this work. 

This position is hosted at the United Way of Palm Beach County, and a position description is attached.

To submit an application for this position, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

The deadline for applications is March 24, 2017.

Additional information on the initiative is available at


Culture Matters: Using A Culture of Adaptive Learning to Implement Collective Impact

This article explores how the First 2000 Days Network has used a culture of adaptive learning to implement our Collective Impact initiative.   We share how this approach has impacted our structure, governance, leadership capacity, and shared measurement approach.    Also included are some key considerations for Collective Impact implementors when supporting cultures which value continuous improvement and adaptive learning.

This article is a supplement to our case study "Establishing Pre-Conditions for Systems Change in Early Childhood Development", linked below.

Your comments and feedback welcome!

FREE Webinar about Role of Collective Impact to Reduce Opioid Misuse

Posted 7 months ago at 4:43 am

Collective Impact consultancy, Insightformation, Inc., is hosting a free webinar on Monday, Aug. 29th, at 10:00A (CDT). Register here:



Communities across the country are facing the many challenges of opioid abuse. Opioid-related deaths, and related health and social problems, are rising at an alarming rate. Insightformation offers a strategic template for how a community could address the opioid crisis in way that builds on the experience and plans of other communities.

Participants will learn the value of using a “zoomable strategy map” as a way to organize the details of a multi-faceted strategy that coordinates the efforts of a broad group of stakeholders. The strategy maps also become a framework for measurement and evaluation.

Participants will learn how to start with a template to engage a broad number of organizations. As a result, they can accelerate efforts to rapidly make progress on this important health issue.

Connect with us via Twitter (@IFImpact) before, during, and after the webinar: #reduceopioidabuse. Also, we'll make replays available to those who register.

Equity Leaders Fellowship: Focus on Equity & Excellence in Education

Posted 11 months ago at 4:43 am

Are you interested in more effectively integrating equity into your collective impact effort to improve educational outcomes?

Education-Excellence-Equity (E3) and Just Communities are pleased to announce our second annual Equity Implementation Fellows Program. This 14-month program offers knowledge, skills, and tools to leaders of collective impact initiatives that will help them incorporate equity into every aspect of their collective impact effort in ways that produce measurable impact.

See attached PPT overview and application materials.  For questions or more information, contact us at:

Just Communities - Jarrod Schwartz:

E3 - Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz:

Measure Partnerships for Impact

Posted 1 year ago at 4:43 am

We are two practitioners in the field of collaborative work who, like many of you, want to make a positive contribution to the success of collaboratives that are trying to impact conditions of well-being in their communities.  The following post has been designed to share with you our learnings from the field and our wish is to inspire and motivate you to begin this journey with your groups.  This is a white paper, consisting of 3 distinct parts that examine the value of building, sustaining and measuring the strength and effectiveness of partnerships, resulting in accelerated social impact.

Part 1: Why measuring your collaborative consistently, is an important
process in attaining your impact goals

Part 2: Practical steps on how to measure your collaborative

Part 3: The value in using data about your partnership for your collaborative
growth, stakeholder engagement, sustainability, and
social impact results

Job Opportunity: Executive Director for Project Safety Net

Posted 1 year ago at 4:43 am

The City of Palo Alto is seeking applications for a Program Director for Project Safety Net (PSN), a suicide prevention and youth well-being community collaborative. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals for a highly competent leader who will serve as a multi-year transitional Program Director to lead the PSN Community Collaborative during this formative time. The Program Director will be an experienced individual who can lead a complex community collaborative initiative, serve as a public ambassador for PSN, drive PSN’s internal and external functions—including strategy, communications, community engagement and data functions, and lead the crucial decision making process in determining a “backbone” agency structure that will best support PSN in the short and long term.

For further information about the community, organization, and history about the Project Safety Net Collaborative please click here.

Recruitment Brochure

To apply, please go to:

Discuss: Working with Communities to Advance Racial Equity and Eliminate Disparities

Posted 2 years ago at 4:43 am

Welcome to the discussion thread for the fifth week of Living Cities' free e-course: "The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact." The resources for this week will be released on April 14th. If you haven't registered yet, you can learn more and sign up for the e-course here.

This week, we are exploring how community engagement can advance racial equity goals in collective impact efforts.

As a reminder, the learning objectives for this week are:

  • Understand different ways to apply an explicit equity lens to collective impact work

  • Understand the role of disaggregated data in identifying local disparities and encouraging stakeholder engagement

  • Understand the complex intersections between racial equity, community engagement and collective impact

  • Assess the racial equity impact of your collective impact efforts and/or engagement strategies


What are your questions about this topic? What in the readings does not make sense to you? What have been your "aha" moments, and your challenges? What do you want to share with others?

Use this discussion thread to connect with other participants and learn from each other.




The Promise and Peril of Collective Impact

On the one hand, collective impact is deceptively simple: a clearly defined framework with three pre-conditions and five conditions and a growing body of experience about how such an approach can effectively address complex social issues. But as is often the case, the devil is in the details, and Liz Weaver provides a detailed analysis from an implementation perspective based on the 12 years’ experience that the Tamarack Institute has had acting as the backbone organization for Vibrant Communities and now playing the lead role in Canada in providing support for the implementation and development of collective impact networks across the country.

Published in The Philanthropist Vol 26 No 1 Summer 2014.


How do you build the "Right" Cross-Sector Partnership to Implement Collective Impact Approaches?

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. We believe that the innovative aspect of collective impact is not its principles such as alignment of disparate actors toward a common agenda, shared measurement, and carefully structured leadership and communication strategies, but rather who is applying these principles (a cross-sector partnership) and what they are being applied to (a complex social problem). In this article, Living Cities shares what it is learning about the structures and behaviors of a cross-sector partnership that are well-equipped to implement the principles of collective impact.

Reducing Poverty in Canada using Collective Impact

Posted 3 years ago at 4:43 am

Next week more than 60 city leaders will be gathering in Toronto to discuss how to move the needle on poverty in Canada. Over the past 10 years, 13 cities participated in an action learning experiment and were able to impact the lives of 202,931 low income Canadians. Also during this time, provincial and territorial governments across Canada began to adopt poverty reduction strategies. Since 2012, this movement of cities has increase three fold with more than 60 cities engaged in multi-sector, place-based poverty reduction efforts.

Read more about this work at We have learned a lot along the way and this gathering will be an opportunity to take stock, build the movement together and continue to build the momentum. We have also heard from a number of cities and regions in the US that are committed to tackling poverty as well. Collective impact provides a framework for making progress on some of the most vexing issues facing our communities.