At our upcoming Dashboard Roundtable on February 22nd (8-10 am) at Kent State University, Ashtabula, we are going to be talking about how economic and community development organizations in Ashtabula County can work together to increase their collective impact (CI).
Several cities and counties across America are either using or exploring the collective impact approach to addressing major economic and social issues. The starting question for Ashtabula County stakeholders is this: Are people interested in exploring this approach and is the approach feasible in the county?
Here is a simple introduction to CI. The Collective Impact Feasibility framework tool offers a guide to help a group of stakeholders assess whether or not collective impact is the right approach to address the specific social problem in their community. This framework is most helpful before you invest in a collective impact effort by assessing the landscape of actors, the scale and complexity of the social problem you want to address, and then the readiness of local stakeholders for collaboration. Both practitioners and funders could take advantage of this tool to ensure that subsequent investments are made to the best use – either to implement collective impact OR to invest in alternate approaches that may make better use of limited resources, e.g. capacity building, programmatic approaches, etc.
Here is what the feasibility framework looks like: