Collective Impact Approach and Process

The Task Force has been actively engaged in a process of Collective Impact to develop a Road Map of recommendations. Collective Impact, a collaborative-based model, brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change. It involves a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, mutually reinforcing activities, shared measurement, and continuous communication.

Collective Impact has gained visibility as an approach that is highly successful in creating social impact. In the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), scholars of this model share eight findings from a study of collective impact initiatives, including their effect on systems and population-level outcomes. Although this model is more commonly used in the social sector, there is urgency in the health professions to draw on approaches that can effectively promote social change.

Collective Impact’s five core components served as a guide for the Task Force’s planning over the past six months and are the framework in which the recommendations were developed and thus outlined in the Road Map section of this report. It is also the Task Force’s strong recommendation that the Collective Impact model be implemented in the execution and rollout of any of the Task Force’s recommendations.