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When Collective Impact Has Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives

We at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study. Through the study, we sought to generate answers to these questions in the field about how collective impact contributes to systems and social impact, and how it is implemented across a broad range of communities and topic areas.

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Collective Impact Study Update

Back in May, 2017 ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute embarked on an ambitious and important study to explore how collective impact contributes to changes in systems and populations through its unique approach to addressing social issues.

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Good Intentions are Important, but Not Enough

Our Immediate Plans for Forwarding our Equity Work in 2017

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ORS contributes to the Foundation Review

ORS Impact founder Jane Reisman, Director Anne Gienapp, and our partners at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently co-authored an article that was featured in the Foundation Review.

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The Collective Impact Research Study: What is all this really going to mean, anyway?

It’s easy for evaluators to sometimes get tied up in the technical terms around our work, leaving lay people unclear on what some of our decisions and choices mean. Without care, we can also risk being opaque about what a particular design can and can’t do. With this blog, we want to untangle what we think our design will tell us, and what it won’t do.

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New publication on multi-stakeholder advocacy evaluation!

  The field of advocacy evaluation has grown up, transitioning from an emergent area to an established field of practice. However, evaluation of multi-stakeholder advocacy is still in its infancy with evaluators, funders, and advocates working to untangle the complexity of how multiple organizations come together to influence policy change, build cohesive fields of practice, and accomplish more than any one group can do. Read the full publication coauthored by our partners at Spark...

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