Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth through Collective Impact

  • Date: February 15, 2012
  • Location: Online
  • Category: Webinar Archive

Overview

Join Jeff Kutash and Emily Gorin of FSG, the nonprofit strategy consulting and research firm, to explore how municipal leaders, staff, and partners can utilize the compelling Collective Impact framework for children and youth initiatives.  FSG proposes Collective Impact as a way for a group of cross-sectoral actors to maximize their results by better coordinating and aligning their efforts to address a complex social problem.  Many cities are already using the Collective Impact framework to guide initiatives to improve the success of children and youth from birth through their entry into the workforce.  Representatives of cities that have led or sparked cross-sectoral Collective Impact efforts will join Kutash and Gorin to provide on-the-ground examples, including:

- Douglas Scarboro, Executive Director, Office of Talent and Human Capital and Education Liaison to the Mayor, City of Memphis, Tenn.;
- Sid Sidorowicz, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Office for Education, City of Seattle, Wash.
    FSG will introduce its approach to Collective Impact that includes how to:

    - identify needs, community strengths, and opportunities to drive change;
    - develop a common vision and agenda across a range of stakeholders;
    - determine shared goals and indicators;
    - create coherent multi-agency strategies;
    - establish ongoing learning and communication loops; and
    - ensure that the appropriate infrastructure and capacity comes together to sustain the effort in the long term. 
      Learn about implementation challenges and opportunities regarding shared agenda and measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and the role of the “backbone” organization or agency.

      As part of a year-long YEF Institute focus on creative local partnerships to improve outcomes for children, youth and families, the Collective Impact webinar will help National League of Cities members and partners consider how to use coordinated approaches more effectively to improve results.

      For more information on Collective Impact prior to the webinar, see http://www.fsg.org/tabid/191/ArticleId/211/Default.aspx?srpush=true, http://www.serve.gov/council_resources.asp#maincontent, and http://www.brookings.edu/articles/2012/0119_seattle_innovation_katz_rodin.aspx.

      "Collective Impact is a structured process that allows many diverse stakeholders to share outcomes data and to use common measurements of success while organizations continue to operate autonomously and donors make independent funding decisions-- yet all agree to pursue a common goal and to measure progress accordingly. They receive support in doing so from a backbone organization that facilitates continuous planning and communication among the various players involved.”  John Kania, FSG
             

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