Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County is a Collective Impact process that enables Grant County community members to address complex social issues through cross-sector participation within the three networks of Community Development, Family Well-Being, and Talent Pipeline. This goal is accomplished through the following:
a common agenda, shared measurements, collaborative action, continuous communication, and backbone support. See more below:
12 Working Groups
We have 12 working groups that are under the umbrella of the three networks, developed to work towards the mission that “ALL families will thrive in Grant County.” The working groups meet once a month to engage in collective action to create a healthy community.
Equity, inclusion, and diversity
Our Collective Impact
Collective impact is a process that enables communities to address complex social issues such as education, poverty, health. As the name implies, it takes the collective effort of community stakeholders to make an impact on such problems. “Collective impact” is not just another name for “collaboration.” It requires communities to meet these five specific conditions for achieving success: a common agenda, shared measurements, collaborative action, continuous communication, and backbone support. It provides missing ingredients that often cause efforts at collaboration to fail.
Collective impact is typically defined as the long-term commitment by a group of stakeholders from different sectors to a common agenda for a collective impact effort to take root, certain preconditions for success need to exist (see below).
Preconditions for Success:
• A sense of urgency for change.
• A recognition that no single organization has the ability to solve the problem.
• An influential champion.
• Adequate financial resources to initiate and sustain the effort.
Ideally, existing collaborative efforts are already underway that can be taken to the next level by providing the five conditions for collective impact success. The five conditions are:
A Common Agenda
Participants have a shared vision for change and a common understanding of the problem. They take a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
Participants use evidence-based decision making. They collect and share data. They share accountability for the results of their work. They use data as a source of learning and to continuously improve their outcomes.
Participants engage in mutually reinforcing activities. They have different roles and responsibilities but share accountability for the results. They work as a system.
Progress moves at the speed of trust. Consistent, honest and open communication is needed to build trust, keep efforts aligned, and stakeholders appraised.
One of the missing pieces of many collaborative efforts is a person or an organization whose primary mission is shepherding the success of the initiative. The backbone coordinates the work and provides administrative and data support. Funders must be willing to invest sufficient resources in the facilitation, coordination, and measurement required for organizations.
When organizations from different sectors realize they need each other to achieve their vision for the community, the opportunity for significant change becomes possible. Each organization still has its own work to do and mission to achieve, but they realize they have a compelling and overlapping area of interest. It is their intersection of shared interest that becomes the focus of collective impact work. They co-create a common agenda, align their efforts, and use common measures of success.