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Three principles guide our collaboration and collective impact work:

  1. The voices of people most affected by a given issue must be included in efforts to address the issue.

  2. Decisions about how to invest public and private resources must be driven by evidence of effectiveness.

  3. Attention to equity must inform every step of the process, from problem definition through evaluation


As important and successful as our collaborations are, the conditions of poverty require not only collaboration, but collaboration that brings effective strategies and programs to a scale commensurate with the magnitude of the problems we seek to address. While we continue to work in partnerships and form collaborations, we recognize that the necessary scale only can be achieved if we move our work and the community’s efforts from collaboration to collective impact. We see the collective impact approach as a promising strategy for increasing the impact of collaborative efforts.



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