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Collective Impact Forum Top Reads and Resources in 2014

Dear Colleague, 
We’re excited to share with you some of the “top” reads for the year from the Collective Impact Forum--the year’s most downloaded reports, the most popular posts, and the most accessed tools from our resource library. As we gear up for 2015, we look forward to sharing even more resources with you and finding more ways to support you and your social change work.
Thank you for being a part of our growing collective impact community and making 2014 a fantastic first year for the Forum!
Gratefully yours,
Tracy Timmons-Gray
Collective Impact Forum Community and Program Manager

Top 5 Resources
The most downloaded articles and reports from the Forum Resource Library in 2014.
Leaders of collective impact initiatives need an evaluation approach that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves. This three-part guide offers detailed advice on how to plan for and implement effective evaluation activities in the context of collective impact.
This article focuses on what to consider when launching collective impact working groups, how to identify stakeholders best suited to serve on working groups, and how working groups can succeed in their first six months.
22 practitioners, funders, community organizers, and thought-leaders share cutting-edge thinking on important collective impact topics such as public policy, evaluation, and community engagement.
Communities can suffer from too many initiatives, creating overlap, inefficiency, and frustration. This piece explores how to align multiple coalitions into a system collective impact initiative.
This learning brief shares examples and recommendations of public policies that use funding streams, regulations, reporting and auditing practices, and interdepartmental collaboration to enable communities to apply the collective impact approach to tackling complex social problems.

Top 5 Blogs
2014's most popular posts from the Forum blog.
Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor for the Collective Impact Forum, shares the five core values that help leaders work better together when striving for results for their collective impact efforts.
Junious Williams and Sarah Marxer (Urban Strategic Council) discuss how initiatives can include an equity lens to each of the five collective impact elements.
Monique Miles from the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions discusses three examples of communities demonstrating a willingness to take on increasingly complex issues while using a variety of approaches to achieve impact.
Collective Impact Forum director Jennifer Splansky Juster explores what questions initiatives should ask when starting up to help determine if collective impact is the approach to take.
Karen Pittman from the Forum for Youth Investment discusses what tasks are necessary for initiatives to align their work.

Top 5 Tools
The most popular tools from the Forum Resource Library in 2014.
This toolkit includes a number of tools for establishing the infrastructure of a collective impact backbone, including a list of sample backbone activities, a sample request for proposals for a backbone organization, and sample backbone position descriptions.
Communities often have more than one organization that can take on aspects of an overarching leadership and coordination role. This tool outlines several attributes to consider when determining which organization(s) are the strongest candidates for playing these roles.
To better align your community’s work, it is useful to look for the “moving trains” that have already taken on an issue. This tool provides a quick way to get an understanding of where there are overlaps and gaps among current initiatives.
This tool could be used by action planning work groups to help guide their structure and overall strategic direction, as well as to define their implementation plan
This toolkit includes a number of tools for working groups as they form, determine strategic direction, develop implementation plans, and identify measurement indicators.

Top Videos

This video profiles Shape Up Somerville's collective impact journey, and their initiative's goal to build and sustain a healthy community using the collective impact approach.
Collective impact practitioners discuss an important question—“Why collective impact?” They explain why collective impact has been an approach where they have found success for their initiatives and for empowering systemic change.

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About the Collective Impact Forum 
The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is a resource for people and organizations using the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems. We aim to increase the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact by providing practitioners with access to the tools, training opportunities, and peer networks they need to be successful in their work. The Collective Impact Forum includes communities of practice, in-person convenings, and an online community and resource center. Learn more and join the community at
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