Collective impact is an approach to social change that brings together diverse stakeholders in a structured way.
Stakeholders working together through a collective impact framework agree upon a common agenda, establish shared metrics, undertake mutually-reinforcing activities, and continuously communicate. An important feature of collective impact is the presence of a “backbone” team or organization, which serves as the coordinator of the shared project.
A product of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and FSG, the Collective Impact Forum provides comprehensive resources about the collective impact model. The forum website is home to a substantial collection of resources about the collective impact model, including toolkits, webinars, case studies, and background articles. The site is particularly useful for practitioners working to build their own collective impact program, but has resources for anyone looking to better understand the model. Users can also choose to create a login for the site in order to interact with other practitioners and experts working on collective impact programs.