The KELC grant is completed as of 12/31/12. Thanks!
What is Collaboration?
Organizations working together toward a common vision, resulting in service integration and system change.
In 2011 the KELC Leadership Team was inspired by the Strive organization and process started in Cincinnati to reform education. Over 300 partners, crossing all sectors of the community, including its funders, have come together to radically reshape Cincinnati's educational outcomes. They define "collective impact" as the commitment of a group of important actors from differeent sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Strive distinguishes collective impact from more typical collaboratives because it involves a centralized infrastructure, dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.
Read the updated report on Collective Impact by Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Ways of Working Together
The chart below illustrates ways teams work together from networking to collaboration. There is value to the team, and to parents and families, at each stage. We want to challenge ourselves to keep changing the way we work together to change the first five years for kids in Kansas. Learn more.
Other Collaboration Resources
--Channeling Change: Maknig Collective Impact Work, by F. Hanleybrown, J. Kania, M. Kramer, 2012
--Article: The Myth of Win-Win in Collaborative Work, by Greg Meissen
--Article: Nimble Collaboration, by The Fieldstone Alliance
--Book: Raising the Village, by Smyth and Dewar