Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Jessica Smart, Kerry Graham and Arlene Hand

This webinar presented an overview of collective impact with a focus on leadership and governance, community engagement, and evaluation.

Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

This webinar was held on 30 November 2017.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

A list of resources related to this topic is available on our post-webinar forum.

Collective impact is a promising approach to addressing complex problems and has been enthusiastically adopted in Australia. The evidence to support use of the collective impact framework is still emerging, so it is largely uncertain how effective it is or how it is best implemented. However, there are some key aspects that are frequently identified by collective impact sites as presenting both opportunities and challenges. These include:

  • Leadership and governance 
  • Community engagement 
  • Data collection, continuous learning and evaluation

This webinar presented an overview of collective impact, drawing upon recent literature to consider these three issues. It included an examination of how collective impact is currently being implemented across Australia, and provided a case study of a collective impact project in Armadale, Western Australia.

About the presenters

Jessica Smart

Jessica Smart is a Senior Research Officer at AIFS working across multiple projects with a focus on evaluation capacity building. Her previous work has been in the not-for-profit sector, developing, delivering and evaluating community development and population health projects. Recent projects have been in the area of sexual health and respectful relationships with people with intellectual disability, with a focus on engaging community members as partners in research, program delivery and evaluation. Jessica recently completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.

Kerry Graham

Kerry Graham is a Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact – Australia’s leading organisation for enabling people to tackling big, tough problems and create large scale impact through collaboration. In this role, Kerry provides support to and curates learning for communities, corporations, governments, philanthropy and non-profit organisations on how to drive large-scale social change in intractable social challenges. Kerry also lectures on collaborative practice with Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales.  Prior to this Kerry held executive roles within national non-profit organisations and advised governments on social policy. She holds qualifications in public policy, law, social work and community management.

Arlene Hand

Arlene Hand has worked in the community services sector for over 20 years, working in both not-for-profit organisations and local government. She has a passion for working on community and sector development initiatives with her early career starting in Youth Work. Over the years, Arlene transitioned to community development and project management roles in early years, youth and mental health sectors. Arlene joined Communicare, Communities for Children in 2015 to initiate and guide the Community Dimensions collective impact project in the early years.

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