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ERIC Number: ED564894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Collective Impact: Theory versus Reality. Corridors of College Success Series. CCRC Research Brief. Number 61
Karp, Melinda Mechur; Lundy-Wagner, Valerie
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Collective impact is an increasingly popular approach to addressing persistent social problems. It takes a place-based systems approach to social change and compared with other forms of collaboration is meant to be more structured and strategic. Such an approach is intuitively appealing, and it has the support of stakeholders at the local level, the state level, and even the White House. However, engaging in strategic, cross-sector collaboration is challenging. This brief draws on the experiences of five committed collective impact communities participating in the Ford Foundation's Corridors to College Success initiative to expose some of the practical challenges of translating the theory of collective impact into action.
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center