Larger problems facing constituents and communities are rarely solved by one organization. That is why so many organizations are involved in coalitions, networks, collaborations and alliances. This reflects how critical it is to understand that social change requires that individual organizations work together to achieve long-term impact. This section includes resources that reflect a variety of approaches including networks, collaboration and “Collective Impact.” Learn more in the Coordination, Collaboration, and Collective Impact section of the Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide.

Tools to Engage Part 7: Census, the Citizenship Question, and the Community and Organizational Response

This 60-minute webinar moderated by BMP’s Networking and Learning Manager TC Duong and featuring XP Lee Program Manager for Policy & Special Projects with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Joseph Shoji Lachman ACRS Civic Engagement Program Manager with Asian Counseling and Referral Service, and Raima Roy from Asian Americans Advancing Justice. These speakers helped explain why being counted in the Census is so important, especially for historically undercounted communities, and how the Trump administration’s efforts to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census has erected further barriers to a full and inclusive count. During the webinar, participants also learned about how Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and networks are organizing and mobilizing around Census 2020 and what shifts they have made to fight back against the citizenship question.

In case you missed the webinar, we’ve made it easy to watch a recording and download the slides.

The links and resources mentioned during the webinar include:


Evaluating Coalitions and Networks: frameworks, needs, and opportunities

Evaluators have developed an impressive array of approaches, frameworks, and tools to support both coalitions/networks and their funders. The report explores these developments, and points to challenges and opportunities that remain in efforts to assess the effectiveness and impact of coalitions/networks.

This review is for coalitions and networks that are considering embarking on evaluation. It begins with what makes coalitions and networks different from standalone organizations, and the implications for evaluation. It then reviews five selected evaluation frameworks, highlighting their advantages, limitations, and applicability. Finally, it offers a set of lessons and opportunities related to coalition/network evaluation based on real-life experiences, along with insights for funders on how best to support evaluation of the coalitions/networks they support.


Continuum of Change

This agenda and worksheet can be used to create a “continuum of care” model for your community. This model includes the range of services that would be needed to support individuals and families at all stages, beyond what one organization alone could provide. It is a way to begin identifying partners and allies in your community.


Toolbox for Building Needle-Moving Collaboratives

This concise guide, from United We Serve, provides information, tools, examples and resources for collaboratives to succeed at any stage from planning and development, through roll-out and course-correcting, and on to deciding its next steps.


The Design and Implementation of Cross-Sector Collaboration

Based on an extensive review of the literature on collaboration, this article presents a propositional inventory organized around the initial conditions affecting collaboration formation, process, structural and governance components, constraints and contingencies, outcomes, and accountability issues.


Crossing Organizational Boundaries to Build New Partnerships

Breaking down the silos between service providers, and the barriers between providers, advocates, and organizers is critical to knitting together and protecting a strong social safety net that helps build community. Furthermore, fostering collaboration between organizations (and often even within organizations) can help better identify community level issues that a strong ecosystem of organizations can address together. This report explores partnerships initiated in cities that are facing similar social and economic struggles.


Sharing Values

This exercise is designed for working with partners to explore where values are aligned and where there might be differences. There is a discussion guide that focuses on both the alignment and possibilities where values differ.


Evaluating Collective Impact: Five Simple Rules

Download this article to learn the five simple rules that that can assist participants, funders, and evaluators of collective impact initiatives to track their progress and make sense of their efforts. Downloading requires signing up to join the CIF, which is free and which we recommend.


The Culture of Collective Impact

This article presents 5 core values that help leaders at all levels work better together.


Collective Impact Implementation Activity Checklist

This checklist can be useful, regardless of the stage of development, to identify the implementation activity that can fill a gap or move the group forward. Accessing this resource requires you to join the Collective Impact Forum, which is free, and which we recommend. The Collective Impact Forum has curated published research and essential resources to help you get started in your exploration of the collective impact approach.