Centering Equity in Collective Impact

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A decade of applying the collective impact approach to address social problems has taught researchers that equity is central to the work. In this follow-up piece to a 2011 article entitled “Collective Impact,” the authors confront the problem of inconsistent understandings of what equity means, and highlight five strategies in particular emerging as critical to centering equity:

  1. Ground the work in data and context, and target solutions.
  2. Focus on systems change, in addition to programs and services.
  3. Shift power within the collaborative.
  4. Listen to and act with community.
  5.  Build equity leadership and accountability.

Taken together, they form the basis for a comprehensive and integrated approach to centering equity in collective impact.

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