Channeling Change: Making Community Impact Work

Channeling_Change_PDF (Stanford Social Innovation Review 2012).

This article looks at how organisations and communities, in diverse settings, are developing what is termed a ‘collective impact approach’. It is recommended reading and a useful  tool for  organisations that are considering working collaboratively to improve outcomes and achieve change. Initiatives should over time meet five criteria in order to be considered a collective impact:


  1. A common agenda and agreed upon actions
  2. Shared measurement and shared accountability
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities through a joint plan
  4. Continuous communication and building trust
  5. Backbone support such as a key organisation.