Data can often be the missing link in a collective impact initiative. However, data plays a substantial role in informing the collective. It has a significant role in the initial planning and determination of focus for collective initiatives, enabling the approach to be greater than simply collaboration. An area that many collectives find challenging is the role that data plays; often caused by stereotyping the use of data as being ‘intimidating’. In fact, using data can be ‘liberating’ – providing freedom in the process of analysis and improvement, enabling collective impact initiatives to clearly demonstrate the impact that the mutually reinforcing activities are having on the community.
How One United Way is Becoming a Game-Changer With Collective Impact and Results Based Accountability
The United Way of North Central Florida, Inc. (UWNCFL) is a Florida nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of advancing the common good by focusing on education, income, health and immediate needs. United Way leads the community to focus on issues and build solutions through giving, advocating, and volunteering.
In the early 2000s, United Way Worldwide began to investigate an alternative way of increasing efficiency and maximizing impact as an organization. In 2006, they launched the Impact model – a model aimed at transforming United Ways from a purely fundraising model to an impact-based model, where effectiveness is not measured by fundraised dollars, but by output and effectiveness in the community as a whole. (more…)
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It’s time to recognize and reward exceptional performers in human services…
Every profession has a means to recognize excellence – shouldn’t this be true for those working on the front lines addressing our nation’s most serious issues? For the past 7 years, the Superstar Foundation has been recognizing and rewarding the exceptional work in direct service delivery with their Veronica Awards. The Veronica Awards consist of a financial grant made directly to high performing human service professionals using data to substantiate their superior performance. The annual Veronica Awards augments the financial compensation of high performing human service professionals while also serving as an example for others who are striving to improve their effectiveness.
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In “The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact,” author and Results Leadership Group Senior Consultant, Dan Duncan, highlights and describes what he believes to be the four critical components needed to implement a successful Collective Impact initiative, and more importantly, to improve the well-being of communities around the world. These include:
- A clear, common purpose;
- Community engagement and co-production;
- Relationships and trust; and
- Results and accountability.