How do you sustain momentum over the long-term when doing collaborative work?
For many collective impact initiatives, there can be a far horizon to see actual long-term population-level results- like 5 or 10 years for a project (or longer.) Change can take a long time, and because of that, an added challenge is just keeping people motivated, keeping partners at the table, or figuring out how to fund a long-term initiative when grant funding may not continue after a year or two. So what do you do? If these big social change goals take a long time to become reality, how do we get there? In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive discussion to talk about seven factors that can support an initiative’s long-term sustainability.
Featuring: Jennifer Splansky Juster, Robert Albright, and Tracy Timmons-Gray.
Resources and Footnotes
- Paper: Sustaining Community-Based Programs: Relationships Between Sustainability Factors and Program Results by Dr. Lydia I. Marek and Dr. Jay A. Mancini
- Tool: Sustaining Collective Impact Efforts (Tamarack Institute)
- Resource: Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact
- Case Study: Collective Impact in Emergency Response: A Case Study of Milwaukee’s COVID-19 Civic Response Team
- Podcast: Together Through Crisis: A Case Study of Milwaukee’s COVID Civic Response
- Blog: The Baker’s Dilemma and the inequity of restricted funding
- Blog: Managing Change During the Pandemic: Thoughts for Collective Impact and Nonprofits
- Tool: The Eco-Cycle Mapping Tool
The Intro music, entitled “Running,” was composed by Rafael Krux, and can be found here and is licensed under CC: By 4.0. The outro music, entitled “Deliberate Thought,” was composed by Kevin Macleod. Licensed under CC: By.
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