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Creating, sharing, and exchanging knowledge is central to FSG’s mission. Here, in the Knowledge Exchange, you will find ideas, research, and discussions about social impact.     

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Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation

David Phillips, Jennifer Splansky Juster

This article discusses how collective impact initiatives determine which working groups to create, when to create them, who should comprise them, and how they can succeed in their first six months.

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Two Decades of Investment in Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

Amber Johnson Binkley, Katelyn Mack, Hallie Preskill

A strategic review of two decades of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's substance use prevention and treatment programming.

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Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities

Rebecca Graves, Amber Johnson Binkley, Afi Tengue

Sharing examples of integrated efforts to help individuals and communities thrive financially

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The Future of International NGOs

FSG's Kyle Peterson discusses the findings of  "Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future," a report that provides recommendations and examples to help international NGOs to create greater impact.

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The New Role of Business in Global Education

Mark Kramer, Greg Hills, Kate Tallant, Matt Wilka, Anjali Bhatt

This report looks at how companies can create shared value by raising levels of student and workforce achievement while driving shareholder returns.

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Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization Webinar

How can you ensure that your organization’s investments in evaluation and learning are contributing to your ability to achieve greater impact?

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Shaping Global Partnerships for a
Post-2015 World

Sonja Patscheke, Angela Barmettler, Laura Herman, Scott Overdyke, Marc Pfitzer

The principles of collective impact offer important lessons for architects of global collaborative efforts

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New York State Juvenile Justice: Progress Toward System Excellence

This case study describes how the collective impact approach led to reform of the New York juvenile justice system.

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Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future

Kyle Peterson, Adeeb Mahmud, Rebecca Weissburg

This report provides recommendations and examples for international NGOs to create greater impact.

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Sources and Measures of Influence in Collective Impact

Shiloh Turner, Katherine Errecart, Anjali Bhatt

This blog series outlines the sources of influence that enable backbone organizations to shape and guide the work of collective impact, and the measures of influence that can help to demonstrate the backbone’s contributions.

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Innovating for Shared Value

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp, Angela Barmettler

This Harvard Business Review article highlights five new practices that enable companies to innovate for shared value.

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Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity

John Kania, Mark Kramer

Collective impact brings actors together and creates the rules of interaction that enable solutions to complex problems to emerge.

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Measuring Shared Value

Michael E. Porter, Greg Hills, Marc Pfitzer, Sonja Patscheke, Elizabeth Hawkins

This article presents a new framework for measuring shared value.

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Evaluating Social Innovation

Hallie Preskill, Tanya Beer

Developmental evaluation offers a new approach to evaluating social innovations in complex, multi-actor, and dynamic environments.

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Creating Shared Value

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

The concept of creating ‘shared value’ focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress and has the power to unleash the next wave of global growth.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Despite the difficulty of getting collective impact efforts off the ground, those involved report a new sense of optimism that dawns early on in the process.

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Collective Impact

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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Catalytic Philanthropy

Mark Kramer

Despite vast spending, philanthropists have fallen short. What we need: Catalytic Philanthropy.

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Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

Moving past generic CSR principles, learn how societal influence is becoming the new frontier of competitive advantage.

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Leading Boldly

Ronald Heifetz, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Foundations can enhance the impact of their traditional approaches to social change by harnessing imaginative and even controversial leadership. This Stanford Social Innovation Review article focuses on how Adaptive Leadership can be applied to complex social challenges.

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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact

Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst, Lalitha Vaidyanathan

To achieve the results necessary to solve today's largest social challenges, coordinated evaluation approaches involving multiple stakeholders are required.

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The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

The authors argue that CSR should be a win-win situation – for society and the corporation.

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From Insight to Action: New Directions in Foundation Evaluation

Mark Kramer, Rebecca Graves, Jason Hirschhorn, Leigh Fiske

After a year of research and nearly 100 interviews with foundation leaders and evaluation experts, FSG has released a report that identifies a fundamental transition in the way foundations use evaluation. 

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Volunteering for Impact: Best Practices in International Corporate Volunteering

Greg Hills, Adeeb Mahmud

This report highlights effective practices for international corporate volunteering (ICV) by examining two principal models: local and cross-border volunteering.

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Philanthropy's New Agenda - Creating Value

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

 If foundations serve only as passive middlemen, as mere conduits for giving, then they fall far short of their potential and of society's expectations of them.

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The Power of Strategic Mission Investing

Mark Kramer, Sarah Cooch

To foster dramatic change, foundations need a fundamentally different approach to mission investing: making mission investments that complement grantmaking.

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Collective Impact

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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Creating Shared Value

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

The concept of creating ‘shared value’ focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress and has the power to unleash the next wave of global growth.

Creating Shared Value
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Executive Roundtable
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Evaluating Social Innovation

Hallie Preskill, Tanya Beer

Developmental evaluation offers a new approach to evaluating social innovations in complex, multi-actor, and dynamic environments.

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Measuring Shared Value

Michael E. Porter, Greg Hills, Marc Pfitzer, Sonja Patscheke, Elizabeth Hawkins

This article presents a new framework for measuring shared value.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Partners for a Competitive Workforce

This case study provides an overview of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a collective impact initiative in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition

This case study provides an overview of Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition, a collective impact initiative in Rural Franklin County, MA that is focused on reducing youth substance use.

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Collective Impact Case Study: E3 Alliance

This case study provides an overview of E3 Alliance, an education-focused collective impact initiative in central Texas.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Vibrant Communities

This case study provides an overview of Vibrant Communities, a multi-layer collective impact initiative focused on unleashing the potential of communities across Canada to reduce poverty and ensure a good quality of life for all citizens.

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Creating Shared Value: It's the Future

FSG illuminates the potential of shared value in this short motion graphic. See how GE, IHG, and Nestlé are using this approach successfully.

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Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth

Fay Hanleybrown, Kate Tallant, Adria Steinberg, Mimi Corcoran

This report outlines how a collective impact approach can improve outcomes for Opportunity Youth.

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