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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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Writing in SSIR, Ken Thompson explains, “I’m hearing some similar things from a variety of people doing collective impact work, and I think they’re worth calling out. My thoughts here focus on whether funders are — or could be — playing roles that help collective…

“On the one hand, Collective Impact is deceptively simple: a clearly defined framework with three pre-conditions and five conditions and a growing body of experience about how such an approach can effectively address complex social issues. But as is often the case, the devil is…

This resource guides leaders of cradle to career education partnerships in choosing the members of their “Leadership Table” — “a formalized group of executive level members of the organizations participating in the Partnership … charged with setting the overall strategy for the Partnership, committing organizational/institutional…

“Using a collective impact approach, cross-sector partnerships across the country are working hard to tackle challenges in education, crime, health, poverty, unemployment, and many other areas. … Public policymakers have been important participants in these … efforts and support the goals of collaboration nationwide. Too…

“This paper offers detailed suggestions for leaders of multi-sector initiatives working to generate collective impact on local community issues. It focuses on the critical early phases of the work and tackling issues such as poverty, education, and workforce preparation. Topics such as cultivating leaders, creating…

This guide from Collaboration for Impact recommends, “Before you and your core collaborators consider starting a Collective Impact initiative, there are a few questions you should get clear in your collective minds.” The guide includes discussion of those questions: What type of social problem are…

The Building an Accountability Structure Toolkit aims to help members of a cradle-to-career partnership: Understand the importance of an accountability structure. View different types of structures and their respective advantages and disadvantages. Understand and outline the roles and responsibilities that need to be accommodated in…