Seeding Success believes in the power of Collective Impact– the idea that organizations can make a greater difference working collaboratively rather than alone. This is why we facilitate the collective work of multiple organizations joining together around one common outcome in order to improve it.
These are the four pillars of Collective Impact:
1. Shared Community Vision All participants have a shared vision for change, as well as a common understanding of the problem and how they will work collectively to solve it.
2. Evidence Based Decision Making Partnerships make decisions based on local data that shows areas of need and promising practices that are already working for kids.
3. Collaborative Action Community members come together to use data to move outcomes.
4. Investment and Sustainability Partnerships initiate or redirect resources (time, talent and treasure) toward data-based practices on an ongoing basis, and engages the community to ensure long-term sustainability.
Doing the Work: Collaborative Action Networks
Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) are how the work of collective impact gets done. Seeding Success forms CANs specifically to focus on one community outcome (for example, 3rd grade reading) and establish an organization that will act as a convener to lead the CAN. Once an organization has joined a CAN, they commit to following a Continuous Improvement process to guide their work. Partners come together to focus at the same time and in the same way on a specific outcome and to take action together around it, which is known as collaborative action. They develop a charter to frame their work, develop an action plan to guide their steps, and meet regularly to report on their progress. These actions happen within organizations as well as cross-organizationally. It is also possible for networks to develop projects and campaigns in which the entire partnership can take part.
Here is the process they undergo:
- Focus on improving a specific community level indicator
- Prioritize local data to identify area of need and promising practices
- Identify shared action to move the needle on a community level indicator
- Develop a charter and action plan to implement identified shared action
- Utilize a continuous improvement framework to guide collective work.
Seeding Success CANs
Currently, there are 6 active CANs: Kindergarten Readiness, 3rd Grade Reading, College and Career Readiness, Post-Secondary Access, Post-Secondary Attainment, and Opportunity Youth. To find out more about the work a CAN is undertaking, click on any outcome under the Outcomes tab. If you or your organization would like to get involved in a CAN, click here to learn more.