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Posted by: Veronica Borgonovi on 11/13/2014

Collective impact is a promising approach for addressing complex problems – those which are ever-changing, interconnected, and cannot be solved by a single actor.

Posted by: Samantha King on 11/3/2014

Imagine for a moment you live in a rural village in sub-Saharan Africa, where access to clean water is a remote possibility. Imagine the sense of promise and opportunity you would feel with the construction of a water facility, funded by a consortium of international aid agencies and the local water authority. Imagine the disappointment as you watch the infrastructure lose its luster without support for operations, maintenance, or repairs. The system to ensure water is delivered is fractured. Over time, the physical infrastructure will deteriorate until it collapses, leaving you without water services until another agency comes along to replace the facility entirely.

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.

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