Alignment Nashville featured in new Collective Impact Study


Alignment Nashville was one of 25 collective impact sites selected to participate in a just-released study from ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute “When Collective Impact has an Impact.” Alignment Nashville was one of only 8 organizations selected for site visits. The study was philanthropically funded by multiple foundations based in the U.S. and commissioned by the Collective Impact Forum to provide a balanced, independent assessment of how collective impact contributes to population- and systems-level outcomes.

The study found that collective impact initiatives can and have contributed to population change, and reveals implications for stakeholders, including:

  • Collective Impact is a long-term proposition; take the time to lay a strong foundation
  • Systems change is iterative; build the infrastructure to support iteration
  • Equity is achieved through different routes; be aware, intentional, and adaptable
  • Collective impact initiatives take on different roles in driving change; be open to different routes to making a difference

Additionally, the study unpacked how different types of early outcomes and systems changes mattered and explored how equity capacity, representation, and action are part of leading to equity outcomes.

The study findings can be a tool—for refining the collective impact approach, strengthening existing initiatives, supporting new initiatives, and evaluating collective impact more meaningfully. Download the report here!