Resources for Collective Impact

Resources for Collective Impact

During the 2016-2017 federal fiscal year, the Georgia Department of Education received a NSF INCLUDES grant to host a workshop on using the Collective Impact model to expand Computer Science education initiatives.  We called it ‘CI4CS’!

The purpose of NSF INCLUDES supported Atlanta Backbone Organization Design Workshop (Atlanta Workshop) was to benefit Computer Science (CS) and STEM education initiatives by engaging them in a community of learning and providing concrete backbone design technical assistance.  The workshop was organized by members of CS4ATL collective impact initiative (now known as CS4GA).  The workshop was a response to the need for all our communities needing access to quality CS education and our local and national governments prioritizing STEM/CS initiatives.

The ‘Atlanta Workshop’ was actually two training opportunities.  One was a digital platform that provided the opportunity for dozens of participants from around the country and the world to learn about and begin designing their collective impact/backbone efforts.  The other was an in person workshop in Atlanta where participants were able to create draft plans for their collective impact efforts with help from a national collective impact planning leader and local experts.  The ultimate outcome was to assist participants in both learning spaces to improve the involvement and success of diverse populations in CS education and workforce.  The other outcome was to build on our knowledge on evidence-based collective impact frameworks.

Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D., was the Principal Investigator for the project.  She is Georgia’s Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and an Associate Professor at Georgia State University (GSU).  Khurram Hassan, MPH, was a Non-Co-PI Senior Personnel.  He is the Managing Partner for Advantage Consulting, LLC.  A consulting firm based in Atlanta that provides strategic planning, evaluation, program design, and collective impact consulting services to nonprofits and foundations.  Dr. William Cope, Ph.D., was also a Non-Co-PI Senior Personnel.  He is an education expert who has since 2000 built a number of online learning and assessment platforms.

The goal of the Atlanta ‘Backbone Organization Design Workshop’ was to connect local and national CS education initiatives to discover more effective collective organizing strategies to broaden the impact of their efforts. The workshop consisted of a pre-workshop online learning community and a two-day workshop convening.

Objectives for the ‘Atlanta Backbone Design Innovation Workshop’ were

  1. Contract with experts to facilitate learning about backbone design learning strategies so that all participants have the opportunity to leave with a backbone organization design for their collective impact effort;
  2. Provide participants with concrete examples of successful backbone organizations and how relevant components could be replicated by others;
  3. Identify how to use collective impact to guide the development of strategies that address successful implementation of CS education that is more inclusive and accessible to all students;
  4. Conduct a ‘lessons learned’ workshop session to capture the most important backbone design elements/approaches to share with NSF INCLUDES Alliances and Network.

Here are some Collective Impact resources shared during the online course as well as the in person workshop in Atlanta :

  • Collective Impact’(Stanford Social Innovation Review) – This 2011 Kamia and Kramer article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review was the first major article on defining the research basis for the ‘Collective Impact’ model. Follow the link to reach the SSIR website and search more articles.
  • Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work’ (Stanford Social Innovation Review) – Building on the initial research on collective impact, this article provides practical consideration on implementing this model
  • Getting Started with Collective Impact: Collaborating to Create a Common Agenda’ (FSG) – FSG has become an international leader in collective impact resources and consultation.  This document summarizes their webinar on a key step in collective impact, building a common agenda