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Anchor Agency and Collective Impact

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Michael Shaver

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of Anchor Agency and Collective Impact

Anatomy of an epic fail -
what did we learn?

The 'Collective Impact'
approach as an answer

Applying the model:
- Anchor agency

- Shared data system

- Mutually reinforcing
activities The Anchor Agency Model:
Collective Impact Strategies to Address Complex Social Problems
Anatomy of a failure: The response to Katrina August 29, 2005
1,800 immediate, storm-related deaths
2,200 additional deaths in the days and weeks following the flooding
Post-land fall loss of life blamed on the response effort Collective impact and the "coordinated view" 2. Shared measurement
systems 3. Mutually reinforcing
activities 4. Continuous communication 5. Backbone support
organizations 1. Common agenda Consistent assessment of need
Reliabile means of identifying highest need Better pairing of needs and resources
Support for the "coordinated view" Benchmarking
New opportunities to use data to drive practice
Learning through communities of practice New evaluation framework - are we "bending the curve?"
Chicago Promise Neighborhood Collaborative
Chicago Benchmarking Collaborative Challenges - Shared measurement Agreement on what to measure
Balancing partnership and accountability
Consistent access to data
Using data effectively
Unreliable funding Partner needs

Financial reporting
Data entry
Data analysis
Funding opportunities Hub agency resources

Back office support
Data platform
Staff support "The backbone agency offers a dedicated staff separate from the participating organizations who can plan, manage and support the initiative through ongoing facilitation, technology and communication support, data collection and reporting, and handling the logistical and administration details needed for the initiative to function smoothly." Getting collective impact over the goal “Creating a successful collective impact initiative requires a significant financial investment: the time participating organizations must dedicate to the work, the development and monitoring of shared measurement systems, and the staff of the backbone organization needed to lead and support the initiative’s ongoing work.” "Despite the the explicit intent to build collaborative relationships...in disaster response, as stated in the National Response Plan and the National Incident Management System (FEMA, 2004), the network of actors identified for the Katrina response system showed only modest levels of interaction..." "This pattern of performance makes it extremely difficult to develop the "common operating picture" of needs and resources that is so essential to effective emergency management..." "In the language of complexity theorists, Hurricane Katrina was a 'symmetry-shattering event;' that is, some events are so powerful that they shatter the existing conceptions of social and political organization and create an opportunity for rearranging the components of society in a new way." "Shifting from isolated impact to collective impact is not merely a matter of encouraging more collaboration or public-private partnerships. It requires a systematic approach to social impact that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives." Questions? Presentation available:
Conference website
@childrenhomeaid Collaborating Partners who understand

Partners who share resources

Partners who invest in strong community collaborations

Senior staff leaders who can mentor

Support staff such as interns, volunteers, and clients Learning, Growing and Expanding Working hand and hand with mature agencies who have wide experience enriches younger service agencies' capacity to solve problems and helps them build from a strong foundation and knowledge base. There is no “I”, “ME”, or “MINE” in Collaboration. All partners need to have a common goal in mind.

Decide the appropriate partners that need to be involved and the roles they must play.

Decide that being involved means you are committed to the task

The collaboration Model works if partners can combine resources, staff, experience and leadership to stay focused on their common goals. It takes all of us, standing together, on the same level. Learn how to tell your story with data.
If it's not documented, it didn't happen.
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