Collective Impact Principles of Practice

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What does it take for a collective impact initiative to succeed and reach population-level change? The field is familiar with the five conditions of collective impact, but what are the other necessary components needed for an initiative to reach its goal?

Informed by lessons shared among practitioners who are implementing collective impact in the field, we outline the Collective Impact Principles of Practice, a new resource that we believe can guide practitioners about how to successfully put collective impact into action.

The principles of practice include:

  • Design and implement the initiative with a priority placed on equity
  • Include community members in the collaborative
  • Use data to continuously learn, adapt, and improve
  • Build a culture that fosters relationships, trust, and respect across participants
  • Customize for local context

Click on the download link to read the full list of principles and learn more about why they are powerful practices to help collective impact initiatives progress and reach sustained systems change.

These principles of practice were identified based on the work of the field of practitioners by the Collective Impact Forum in partnership with the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, the Forum for Youth Investment, FSG, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Living Cities, PolicyLink, the Tamarack Institute, and United Way Worldwide.

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