The research study “When Collective Impact Has an Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives,” conducted by a research team from the organizations ORS Impact and the Spark Policy Institute, looks at the question of “To what extent and under what conditions does the collective impact approach contribute to systems and population changes?”
To explore these questions, the research team studied 25 sites and has generated a rich set of findings that we hope will be useful for the field of collective impact practitioners, community members, funders, researchers, and evaluators.
The research team looked at how the collective impact approach contributed to each initiative’s ability to achieve systems changes to population changes, including:
– What population level, systems change, and early outcomes were found across the participating initiatives,
– How implementation of the collective impact approach contributed to outcomes, and
– How embedding an equity approach contributed to equity results within their work.