A major reason the Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego has been so successful is the implementation of the Collective Impact model.
Collective Impact is the commitment of a widely varied and multi-disciplinary group of leaders who come together to solve a complex social problem – in this case, homelessness. By working together on a shared goal, participants can realize solutions and achievements on a large scale.
The underlying notion of collective impact is that no single person, group or entity can create lasting social change alone.
For collective impact to work, all participants must:
- Coalesce around a common agenda
- Agree on how to measure progress
- Coordinate a mutually reinforcing plan of action
- Engage in frequent and structured open communication
- Foster backbone support from a dedicated staff
“I am proud of the incredibly talented and dedicated Leadership Team we’ve assembled,” said Jennifer LeSar, the Campaign’s Co-Chair. “Using the Collective Impact model, we’ve mobilized an impressive group of C-level executives and their staffs representing a broad range of public- and private-sector interests. They’ve all subscribed to a common agenda to solve a specific social problem: homelessness.”
See more on the future of Collective Impact later in this newsletter.