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Posted by: Admas Kanyagia on 10/27/2014

Dr. Larry Rand, Principal Investigator for the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, took the podium in front of a large group of his peers who work on issues of maternal health across the globe. He was speaking about the historic $100M gift to the university to reduce the incidence of prematurity, the number one cause of infant mortality in the world. The initiative will strive to better understand the causes of prematurity, a multifactorial disease driven by social determinants of health like poverty, living and working conditions, family and housing instability, and poor access to healthcare. In addition to the focus on discovery and research, the initiative will also partner with FSG to explore the use of collective impact to drive sustainable change on preterm birth in specific communities. After his presentation, the FSG team had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Rand and other critical partners to begin a readiness assessment for collective impact. Our first question, “Now that we have an issue focus and the resources for collective impact, which sites would be the best fit for a CI effort on preterm birth?”

Posted by: Abi Ridgway on 10/6/2014

What makes collective impact steering committee meetings a priority for leaders who juggle myriad commitments? In my opinion, F-words – but not the ones you’re thinking of!

Posted by: FSG Collective Impact on 8/6/2014

by Katie Willse, Chief Program Officer, National Summer Learning Association

Across the nation, community leaders have increasingly recognized the promise of summer to accelerate student learning. But to maximize collective impact and reach the greatest numbers of youth in need, communities must coordinate efforts across sectors, track and share data about existing summer learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships.

Posted by: FSG Collective Impact on 7/21/2014

By Erin White and Melissa Oomer

Both the consulting and the social sectors use an awful lot of jargon. We (the authors of this blog included) often assume that everyone in a room has the same interpretation of the words we use.

Posted by: Shijie Lu on 6/24/2014

Scope Definition in Collective Impact

If you’ve heard about collective impact, there’s a good chance you also know how collective impact efforts are defined by the existence of a “common agenda.” For collective impact efforts to work, key stakeholders need to have a shared vision for change: including a shared understanding of the problem they are trying to tackle, and what a joint approach to addressing that problem might look like.

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