What is Collective Impact

Collaboration, Collective Impact: what’s the difference?

Collaboration is nothing new in Palatine. Our community is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact is distinctly different. The collective impact model has had significant success nationally in moving entrenched social problems. It is a structured way to pursue a shared goal.

Collective Impact initiatives, like the UP Coalition, develop when a critical mass of a community’s leadership from different sectors commit their organizations to a common agenda for solving a specific but complex social problem. Collective impact initiatives address the reality that given the complex nature of most social problems, no individual program or organization, however well managed and funded, can single-handedly create the lasting large-scale change needed to address the problem in question.