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“Collective Impact: the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem and a shift from the social sector’s current paradigm of “isolated impact.” No single organization can create large-scale, lasting social change alone.”

Mark Kramer, John Kania
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011

The five conditions of collective impact:


Backbone Support
Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies.


Common Vision
Common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.


Continuous Communication
Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and appreciate common motivation.


Mutually Reinforcing Activities
Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.


Shared Measurement
Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable.


How the five key conditions are embedded in all of PNSGs work

As a collaborative we have established a common vision through the Peel ‘Community Plan’. We have come together and identified key indicators establishing shared measurement that ensures our efforts remain aligned and that we are committed to collecting data and measuring results. We have established a central planning table and three working groups to mutually reinforce activities where participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a plan of action. We are committed to continuous communication through our website, newsletters and annual collective impact report and through conversations between agencies, funders, partners and residents. We are the backbone support with staff expertise, commitment and skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies to be engaged, involved and excited about the work we do. Through multi-funder support and diverse partnerships, the backbone function is realized when partners assist with overall strategic direction, facilitate dialogue between one another, manage data collection and analysis, handle communications, coordinate community outreach, and mobilize funding.


Collective Impact Reports

Our annual Collective Impact Reports describe PNSG's efforts to enhance the successful inclusion of newcomers into all aspects of society:

2018-2019 Collective Impact Report

2017-2018 Collective Impact Report

2015-2016 Collective Impact Report

2014-2015 Collective Impact Report

2013-2014 Collective Impact Report

2012-2013 Collective Impact Report


Collective Impact Resources


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