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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 tool from The National Council of Nonprofits is “designed for use by nonprofits, governments, foundations, and for-profit entities when considering launching pay-for-success initiatives, social impact bonds, or other new funding mechanisms.” The Principles “will help parties contemplating alternative funding arrangements set expectations and avoid…

“Often, the large scale collaborative work needed to meaningfully address a complex problem depends on one or more organizations to provide ongoing support such as facilitation, convening, research, evaluation, and fundraising. Although the term ‘backbone’ comes from collective impact literature, the concept of a backbone…

“This ‘Roadmap’ sets out a systematic approach to engaging with business as a partner in development. It recommends five essential areas for action within which government, development agencies, business organisations, and civil society each have their roles to play. Taken together and tailored to a…

“Accountability can present a major barrier to achieving a cross-sector partnership’s intended impact. However, accountability is crucial to ensure work is moving forward and progressing in a way that contributes to a partnership’s shared result. Imagine a meeting or convening of partners where no one…

This Toolkit looks at the importance of data in attempts to solve complex problems. “Decision-making supported with high-quality data can be more strategic by helping collaborative efforts and individual leaders direct resources to where the greatest impact is possible. Data-informed learning can and should occur…

“Addressing complex societal problems requires taking an adaptive approach. Developing comprehensive strategies for how to get to a goal works in some contexts, but these types of plans are often insufficient in the face of a rapidly changing environment. Instead of focusing on strategies, the…

✴︎ Available with free registration “System mapping, the process of creating visual tools that describe a system, is a critical step in systems change that brings together stakeholders from across organizations and sectors to develop a common understanding of a given system. Breaking down the…