Collective Impact Methodology

Restore Hope’s collective impact approach helps communities tackle the complex social issues surrounding foster care and incarceration. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups to achieve significant and lasting social change. This approach calls for multiple organizations from different sectors to integrate their goals into an inclusive, common agenda, with shared measurements and aligned efforts.

Isolated Impact vs. Collective Impact
Isolated Impact
  • Funders select individual grantees that offer the most promising solutions
  • Nonprofits work separately and compete to produce the greatest impact
  • Evaluation attempts to isolate a particular organization’s impact
  • Large scale change is assumed to depend on scaling a single organization
  • Corporate and government sectors are often disconnected from the efforts of foundations and nonprofits
Collective Impact
  • Funders and implementers understand that social problems, and their solutions, arise from the interaction of many organizations within a larger system
  • Progress depends on working toward the same goal and measuring the same things
  • Large scale impact depends on increasing cross-sector alignment and learning among many organizations
  • Corporate and government sectors are essential partners
  • Organizations actively coordinate their action and share lessons learned

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Collective Impact

What is Collective Impact?