Key Virtual Resources
Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum is a key resource bank for those practicing collective impact. Collective impact is the collaboration of a group of individuals and organizations from different sectors seeking to find a solution to a complex social issue. The Collective Impact Forum houses valuable tools, case studies, templates and advice to advance the efforts of a collaborative effort. The Collective Impact Forum is a network of individuals coming together to share experience and knowledge to accelerate the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact. Created by FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, the Collective Impact Forum is a resource for organizations using collective impact to address social problems.
Collaboration Hub by GrantSpace
Collaboration Hub by GrantSpace is home to resources for collaboration in the social sector, this Hub includes valuable publications, questions and answers, links to videos and podcasts, blog posts and a comprehensive, searchable collection of 650+ profiles of vetted collaborations submitted for the Collaboration Prize in 2009 and 2011. We encourage you to start by searching the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, where each profile provides information about the collaboration’s participants, methods, successes, challenges and lessons learned.
CoalitionsWork houses a wealth of tools and resources designed to help coalitions develop, build and strengthen partnerships. It includes checklists, surveys and a virtual library which includes a step-by-step guide for building a coalition. Further, CoalitionsWork can develop custom tools or adapt their current tools to fit the individual needs of your coalition.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm that helps communities scale-up lasting social change. FSG houses articles, ideas, resources and tools to help people do their best work with impact. We recommend starting with resources on Collective Impact which provides articles and videos on why collective impact is an approach that empowers systemic change. Further, we recommend the section on Systems Thinking which guides users in developing maps to describe connections in complex systems.
Ready by 21
Ready by 21 is a partnership of organizations that are committed to providing tools, training and technical assistance to increase the collective impact of community and state efforts to ensure that all kids are ready for school, work and life by the age of 21. Ready by 21 provides strategies to communities to help them work across sectors to make their goals a reality. Four toolkits provided by Ready by 21 and worth exploring include: Broader Partnerships, Bigger Goals, Better Data and Bolder Actions.
Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement
Tamarack is an online learning community for collaborative leaders who work on multi-sector issues. It features relevant blogs, podcasts and a library of more than 500+ resources ranging in topics from Community Engagement to Systems-Level Change to Collaborative Leadership to Evaluating Community Impact. Tamarack is a free, member-based resource. It is comprised of a dynamic community of learners communicating to address complex community issues and create change.
The Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group is an advisor and resource for social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. The site houses a wealth of publications, blogs and advice on a variety of topics, including collaboration.
LaPiana Consulting houses valuable resources on: Nonprofit Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring. We encourage you to explore The Collaborative Map which illustrates the variety of ways that independent organizations can come together around a common goal. We also recommend that you explore the Insights – For the Sector section which houses resources on “Getting Started” and “Digging Deeper” into collaboration and strategic restructuring.
Community Tool Box
Community Tool Box is a site that provides resources for those working to bring about social change. It has 16 toolkits and over 300+ educational modules for use in teaching, training and technical assistance to help local communities connect people, ideas and resources. We encourage that you begin by exploring the following: Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys, Conducting Focus Groups, Conducting Surveys, Conducting Interviews and Developing Action Plans, and the Collective Impact section (Section 5) of the Tool Box. The Community Toolbox is an extensive set of practical resources and toolkits that are thorough and easy to navigate.
Although there are an unlimited number of resources provided by The Urban Institute, we encourage you to begin with the cross-sector initiative on Performance Measurement and Management. This resource can help you manage programs, make decisions and improve service in your community. Specifically, we recommend that that you explore the Outcome Indicators Project in the Projects Focused on Nonprofit Organizations section.
The following list of resources includes additional toolkits and resources for developing coalitions on specific topics. These toolkits have been used locally by CACHY, Smart Beginnings, MAPP, GRACE and CMHWC, respectively.
- Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (CACHY)
- Building Effective Early Childhood Coalitions: A Literature Review by Altarum Institute for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Altarum Institute (Smart Beginnings)
- Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), National Association of County and City Health Officials (MAPP)
- Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (GRACE)
- Various resources from Prevention Institute, (CMHWC)
- Various resources from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, (CMHWC)
- Virginia Community Health Data Portal, Community Commons (CMHWC)
- Virginia Community Health Data Portal, The Virginia Atlas of Community Health, (CMHWC)