Resources for Backbone Function Design

Resources for Backbone Function Design

One innovation that has made a major difference in collective impact like initiatives around the world has been the ‘backbone functions’ required to make such initiatives successful and sustainable.

Here are some resources that will help you understand what are ‘backbone functions’ and how to try to organize them for your collective impact like initiative.

  • Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 1 (Stanford Social Innovation Review) – The first in a series of articles on understanding backbone functions or organizations. The article has links to the other three parts of the series, so you can read all of them using this initial link.
  • Tools for Backbones (FSG) – This is a very practical toolkit designed to help collective impact like efforts to begin implementing all the practical components of backbone functions/organizations.