Collective Impact

The Centre for Youth Impact is working with UK Youth, NPC and others to explore the potential for a collective impact initiative in the youth sector. The idea was initiated by NCVYS, and the Centre is pleased to be able to take this forward following NCVYS’ closure on 31 March 2016.

At the end of March, NCVYS hosted a roundtable discussion on collective impact, at which Bethia McNeil, Director of the Centre, and Tris Lumley, Director of Development at NPC, gave an overview of their scoping paper on the opportunity to explore collective impact in the youth sector.

Collective impact builds from a belief that the urgent challenges faced by our society mean that we can no longer depend on the ‘isolated’ efforts of individual organisations or interventions. Collective impact proposes instead that we must invest in building the capacity, aligning the efforts, and tracking the performance of whole sectors, as they work together to achieve common goals in social change.

Collective impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.

Critically, collective impact goes beyond collaboration. It involves a centralised infrastructure with dedicated staff and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants. It is collective, rather than individual or even aligned, action.

There was clear appetite at the roundtable to explore the next steps in establishing a collective impact initiative, and so the Centre, with UK Youth and NPC, will be holding two workshops in July to explore where and how to focus such in initiative.

To find out more, or to express interest in attending a workshop, please contact us.

Download the scoping paper