Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

October 14-16, 2014

St. Louis, Mo.
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Achieving collective impact requires all partners to clearly understand collaborative work and how partnerships improve conditions in communities. This three-day institute provides a survey of five key steps in collaborative work and how these steps put partnerships on a path to improving lives.

The steps are taught as part of a Big Picture Approach that helps leaders learn the tools and techniques for creating a community-specific diagnosis and action plan, forging better connections to existing community work, and maintaining an approach to this work that is holistic and aspirational. This is a “hands-on lab” during which participants will apply the five steps and tools to specific goals in their communities.

The institute is presented by the Forum for Youth Investment and FSG

Who Should Attend

The institute is designed to improve the understanding and skills of professionals working to achieve collective impact. This includes leaders and staff from:

  • partnerships working to improve community conditions and outcomes, and
  • organizations that provide support to neighborhood groups, prevention coalitions, provider partnerships and overarching leadership councils that are taking a collective impact approach to their work.

Participants are encouraged to send community teams representing multiple partnership members.

** NEW - United Ways are able to utilize Flex Credit reimbusement through Worldwide for this institute.


Learning Objectives

Participants will learn the nuts and bolts for creating the conditions for collective impact, and ultimately improving outcomes. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and apply a five-step process partnerships use to improve community conditions and outcomes.
  • Improve their current work by applying the principles that distinguish a Big Picture Approach along with specific partnership performance standards.
  • Understand ways they can secure specific supports their partnership will require.
  • Access from a suite of online performance supports the tools that can help them implement the five-step process in their communities.


Featured Presenters:

Merita Irby
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Forum for Youth Investment



Jennifer Splansky Juster
Director, Collective Impact Forum, FSG




See a sample agenda.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

Learn more about the Big Picture Approach and see some of the materials.

Publishing Date: 
January 15, 2014