1st Edition

Using Collective Impact to Bring Community Change

Edited By Norman Walzer, Liz Weaver Copyright 2019
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    Collective Impact as a tool to bring about community change has seen remarkable growth in usage since 2011. Collective Impact has been used successfully with a variety of local issues and has raised the consciousness of how community groups interact as well as the approaches that can lead to long-term innovations.

    This edited volume sets forth conceptual foundations for using Collective Impact as well as sharing basic approaches that have succeeded in projects under diverse circumstances. It will be useful for both academics and practitioners as Collective Impact continues to undergo substantial changes in focus and direction. Building on Kania and Kramer’s influential work, it provides readers with detailed insights not only into how the Collective Impact system works but also innovative applications to issues facing community developers. The diverse topics shared by the contributing authors make this volume especially important for practitioners designing programs to bring about long-term changes in their communities.

    Including discussion about how Collective Impact has succeeded in different governmental settings, this book demonstrates how Collective Impact has been modified to accommodate the associated cultural differences with 10 chapters written by experienced on-the-ground community development experts.

    Chapter 1.

    Changing Roles and Practices of Collective Impact Applications

    Norman Walzer and Liz Weaver

    Chapter 2.

    Conceptual Foundations for CI Uses

    Craig Bradbrook

    Chapter 3.

    Network Agreements: Co-Designing Principles that Influence Network Culture

    Dustin Stiver

    Chapter 4.

    Intangibles: What it Takes for a Backbone Organization to Succeed

    Rebecca J. Gillam and Jacqueline M. Counts

    Chapter 5.

    Using Dynamic Systems Modeling to Advance Common Agendas

    Kathryn Lawler, Glenn Landers, Karen Minyard, Kristi Fuller and Jane Branscomb

    Chapter 6.

    Collective Impact: 3.0

    Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj

    Chapter 7.

    Using Collective Impact to Move Poverty Reduction

    Karen Schwartz, Liz Weaver, Natasha Pei and Aaron Kozak

    Chapter 8.

    Using Aspects of CI and Other Models to Drive Statewide Obesity Prevention

    Amy Korth and Amy Meinen (contributing authors Amy Hilgendorf, Catherine Breuer and Brian Christens)

    Chapter 9.

    When Cultural Differences Make a Difference: The Case of Community Change in an Arab Community in Israel

    Smadar Somekh, Yehonatan Almog and Fida Nijim-Ektelat

    Chapter 10.

    Progress, Challenges, and Next Steps in CI: Collective Impact as Disruptive Illumination

    Tom Klaus and Liz Weaver


    Norman Walzer, PhD, is Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. He co-edited a previous research volume on Collective Impact and community development issues. He also has actively researched local economic development issues including community supported enterprises as well as the impact of governmental structure on local public finance.

    Liz Weaver, BA, MM, is Vice President and Director of Operations with Tamarack Institute. Liz provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including Collective Impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She is a nonprofit organizational professional with experience in leading cross-sector, place-based collaborations on poverty at local and national levels.

    "From conceptual to applied models, Using Collective Impact to Bring Community Change presents cutting-edge research on a topic that resonates deeply with scholars and practitioners of community development. Innovative ways that groups interact to effect long-term changes in communities is of paramount importance— and so very needed now when change is the only constant. This volume provides both innovative and impactful ways about the difference a collective can have in community change discussions." -Rhonda G. Phillips, Dean of the Purdue Honors College and Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, USA