Collective Impact (CI) is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.  There are five conditions of collective impact:

  • Common agenda: All participating organizations (government agencies, non-profits,  community members, industry, education, etc.) have a shared vision for social change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed upon actions.
  • Shared measurement system: Agreement on the ways success will be measured and reported with key indicators by all participating organizations.
  • Mutually reinforcing activities: Engagement of a diverse set of stakeholders, typically in multiple sectors, coordinating a set of differentiated activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.
  • Continuous communication: Frequent communications over a long period of time among key players within and between organizations, to build trust and encourage ongoing learning and adaptation.
  • Backbone organization: Ongoing support provided by an independent staff. The backbone staff tends to play six roles to move the initiative forward:  Guide vision and strategySupport aligned activityEstablish shared measurement practicesBuild public will; Advance policy; and Mobilize funding

But what happens to the regional cradle to career collective impact work supported by North State Together as the backbone organization and led by Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, and Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou during a global pandemic and statewide a state-at-home order?  Increasing, or at least mitigating losses, of cradle to career outcomes in or region is more important now than ever before.

In order to keep continuous communication flowing between partners during the COVID-19 onset and recovery, North State Together has purchased Zoom Business Pro licenses for each of the county network teams to host video conferencing meetings.  The ability to host Zoom meetings with Business Pro license features will allow our county networks to continue to engage with their key stakeholders across multiple sectors in order to address the most pressing issues in their communities.

For more information about Collective Impact visit: https://www.collectiveimpactforum.org/