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Whether you’re working on a local collective impact initiative or a national public-private partnership; whether you’re a practitioner or a researcher; whether you’re looking for basics or a detailed look at a particular topic, our Resource Library can help you find the information and tools you need for your cross-sector thinking and practice. The Library — which includes resources from research organizations, advisory groups, training organizations, academic centers and journals, and other sources — spans issue areas, sectors, and partnership types.

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“This report describes developments in the new generation of cross-sector collaborations for education and presents findings from a scan of such initiatives across the United States. We describe the broad ecology of cross-sector collaborations for educational improvement and examine various rationales for the current interest…

“We’ve learned a lot since we first wrote in 2011 about collective impact as an approach to large scale social change,” write John Kania and Mark Kramer in this SSIR piece. “The collective impact framework can empower people to make a real difference in communities…

“In two U.S. cities … significant results were achieved through intentional collaboration around summer meals: Detroit: A collaborative effort prevented the loss of 200 summer meals sites in 2012 and helped achieve a 29 percent increase in summer meals in 2013. Baltimore: A collaborative effort…

This landmark SSIR article introduced the concept of collective impact and its five conditions of collective success. “Collaboration is nothing new. The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike…

“This brief draws on the experiences of five committed collective impact communities participating in the Ford Foundation’s Corridors to College Success initiative to expose some of the practical challenges of translating the theory of collective impact into action. … Our research has … uncovered challenges…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher “How to better involve community members in collective impact initiatives has been a central question for many collective impact practitioners. This article presents a synthesis of research surrounding the questions of why community members must be more involved in…

This podcast from the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society features a panel discussion on the collective impact model using the cross-sector Northern Sierra Partnership in California as a case study.

“This brief shares stories from [Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund] sites, based on conversations among the backbone leaders, site visits by [Jobs for the Future] to each site, and a convening of small cross-sector teams from the sites. The first section offers examples from the sites…