Mapping Coordinated and Collaborative Efforts to Impact Community Outcomes

The key to a successful fiscal mapping effort in many communities is an understanding of how local organizations and entities have already combined their efforts into what are often a large number of place-based partnerships, networks and initiatives (otherwise known as “moving trains.”) An understanding of these collaborative efforts can help communities leverage resources to better align and expand the supports that impact community outcomes. With knowledge of these collectives, community leaders can then use an initial inventory of the services they fund, from a fiscal map, to shed light on the critical gaps that require additional resources and capacity to fulfill.