STEP EIGHT: ALIGN
Every community team wants to get to action as soon as possible. By first analyzing the goal and identifying community conditions the partnership is now able to select interventions specific to their community and that can build on local assets. Further the team can map the interventions to the anticipated outcomes. As in medicine, the benefit of any intervention is largely determined by the quality of the diagnosis. A key to realizing a partnership’s impact is distributing the work across the entire membership. Partnerships often develop strong plans but then look to limited numbers of staff for implementation. This essentially turns the coalition or partnership into an advisory board. Collective impact is not achieved by channeling the power of the coalition’s membership through one or more staff. Rather, collective impact is achieved by having each partnership member contribute to needed action in line with their role, capacity, and interests.
Intervention package is comprehensive, incorporating all appropriate strategies (research-based and best practice systems improvement, policy and resource alignment, advocacy and communications, engagement of focus population in solutions)
Intervention package is deemed adequate to produce desired effects
Intervention package is clearly aligned with intended effects and model
Community development, capacity and resources (time, money, skills) were considered in intervention selection
Culture and cultural competence were considered in intervention selection
Actions are distributed with clear responsibilities and accountability
Actions/intervention package is communicated across all stakeholders in the collaborative
BIG PICTURE APPROACH TRAINING MATERIALS (FROM TRAINING BINDER):
Related Facilitator's Guide or Curriculum
Worksheet & Examples: Intervention Mapping
|Designing and Selecting Interventions (Selection Criteria & Resources)||
CSG Curriculum: Designing & Selecting Interventions
|Worksheet: Action Planning for Distributed Responsibility||The Community Tool Box Toolkit: Developing Strategic and Action Plans|
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIVE DEEPER
Community Tool Box: Conducting a Direct Action Campaign
Resource lists a broad range of options for taking action in your community
Resources for Finding Evidence-Based Causes, Strategies, and Interventions
From United Way Worldwide:
Education Research Overview
UWW summary of research on challenges and effective responses in five key areas of education.
Charting A Course For Change: Advancing Education, Income and Health Through Collective Impact
UWW core community strategies and high-impact implementation approaches for critical education, income and health issues.
From Government-Sponsored Research Summaries:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Resources focus on problem behaviors among adolescents, and on building skills and resiliency among youth.
The Guide to Community Preventive Service
Guide provides evidence-based interventions for a broad range of health and social outcomes.
From University and Private Sector Research Summaries:
Asheville, N.C.: Focus on Quality Ignites a Movement to Build Youth Assets
Story about how a continuous improvement model elevated staff practices and youth engagement in a community's afterschool programs.
Additional Training for Your Team
Identifying Effective Impact Strategies
Course on developing effective strategies to ensure impact, selecting criteria for a balanced approach to community issues, and developing strategic action plans.
Consulting Services to Support Your Coalition
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