In 2011, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article introducing the term “collective impact” to refer to “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem”. In follow-up articles, the journal featured the Communities that Care Coalition as an example of a successful collective impact initiative–bringing national attention to the coalition. The coalition has since been profiled on the Collective Impact Forum website, and coalition leaders have made presentations about Communities That Care at conferences and workshops across the country.
What makes collective impact different from ordinary collaborations are five conditions:
- Common agenda: Participants have a shared vision for change, a common understanding of the problem, and a joint approach to solving it.
- Shared measurement: Collecting data and measuring results supports alignment of efforts and accountability.
- Mutually reinforcing activities: Participants each have a unique role and these roles reinforce one another.
- Continuous communication: Open communication builds trust and creates motivation.
- Backbone support: Dedicated staff provide the backbone for the initiative and coordinate participating organizations.
For a two-minute video on collective impact, click here.
Shaundell Diaz Receives Coalition Leadership Award
The Communities That Care Coalition was excited to present the 2022 Sara Cummings Coalition Leadership Award to Shaundell Diaz of the Three County Continuum of Care at Community Action Pioneer Valley. Shaundell is also one of the Co-Chairs of CTC’s Racial Justice Workgroup. Born and raised in Springfield Mass, Shaundell is a Spiritual Latina, married…
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Our Coalition Featured in SSIR Article on Centering Racial Justice and Grassroots Ownership in Collective Impact
Read our article on “Centering Racial Justice and Grassroots Ownership in Collective Impact” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
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2021 Teen Health Survey Data Released
The Communities That Care Coalition has released the results of our 2021 Teen Health Survey. More than 1,500 Franklin County and North Quabbin students from 9 school districts participated in the survey during February of this year, providing valuable insights into COVID-related health behaviors and concerns. You can view our data presentation here. And you can…
Communities That Care Coalition’s “Got Outcomes” Coalition of Excellence Award
In 2007, Communities That Care was recognized as the “Got Outcomes” Coalition of Year by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA is the nation’s premier membership organization for substance abuse prevention coalitions, with representation from more than 5000 coalitions. The Communities That Care Coalition was selected from a nationally competitive pool of nominees.…
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National Academy of Medicine publishes paper on collaboration between CTC and Baystate Franklin Medical Center
Jeanette Voas, Kat Allen and Ruth Potee co-authored an article entitled “The Communities That Care Coalition Model for Improving Community Health through Clinical–Community Partnerships: A Population Health Case Report” that was published online by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2016. The article traces the history of the coalition and…
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Communities That Care Coalition Co-Chair Kat Allen Presents at Summit at White House
In 2014, Kat Allen represented the Communities That Care Coalition as one of several panelists presenting successful approaches in preventing substance abuse and promoting academic success in a day-long Policy Forum co-sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the federal Department of Education. “It is such an honor to be able to represent…
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