Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem at scale. There are five (5) elements of Collective Impact. They are as follows:
- Common Agenda: all participants share a vision for change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed-upon actions.
- Shared Measurement: all participants agree on how to measure and report on progress, with a short list of common indicators identified and used to drive learning and improvement.
- Mutually Reinforcing Activities – a diverse set of stakeholders, typically across sectors, coordinate a set of differentiated activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.
- Continuous Communication: all players engage in frequent and structured open communication to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.
- Backbone Infrastructure: an independent, dedicated staff (with funding) guides the initiatives vision and strategy, supports aligned activities, establishes shared measurement practices, builds public will, advances policy, and mobilizes resources.