Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

Jessica Smart, Kerry Graham and Arlene Hand

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

Collective impact: Opportunities and challenges for implementation

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 will present an overview of collective impact, drawing upon recent literature to consider these three issues. It will include an examination of how collective impact is currently being implemented across Australia, and will provide a case study of a collective impact project in Armadale, WA.

The webinar will coincide with the release of a new CFCA paper, Collective impact: evidence and implications for practice, on 22 November 2017.

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About the presenters

Jessica Smart is a Senior Research Officer in the Practice Evidence and Engagement Team at AIFS. She works across both the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange and Expert Panel projects. Her previous work has been in the not-for-profit and health sectors, developing, delivering and evaluating community development and population health projects, including projects with young people, people with intellectual disability, and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

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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30 November 2017 13:30 to 14:30 AEDT

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