Municipal leaders, city staff and their community partners are invited to register for a free, 90-minute webinar on "Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth through Collective Impact" that will take place Wednesday, February 15, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) is hosting the webinar.
Speakers will include representatives of FSG, a nonprofit strategy consulting and research firm, as well as representatives of cities that have led or sparked cross-sector Collective Impact efforts:
• Jeff Kutash and Emily Gorin of FSG,
• Douglas Scarboro, executive director, Office of Talent and Human Capital and education liaison to the mayor, City of Memphis, Tenn., and
• A representative from the City of Seattle.
Kutash and Gorin will 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 have applied the concepts of this approach to their existing collaborations and several are now identifying Collective Impact as their framework for improving the success of children and youth from birth through their entry into the workforce.
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.
Listeners will 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.
"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," says John Kania, managing director of FSG. "They receive support in doing so from a backbone organization that facilitates continuous planning and communication among the various players involved."
To register for this free webinar, please create an account and login through myNLC, NLC's recently launched online portal.