People frequently ask “How do network approaches differ from Collective Impact? Actually, Collective Impact, with a few modifications, can be a system shifting network approach which can increase its long term impact by engaging many more people in change work. Adding a more networked approach can also enable the Collective Impact effort to tackle more complex problems.
We have developed a chart that details each approach and then delineates the differences.
Collective Impact initiatives are quite different as a group and your Collective Impact initiative may not fit my rather simplistic description. Please let us know how your initiative works and whether it includes any network approaches.
If you are a Collective Impact initiative, you might want to share this chart with your partners and spend time deciding which network qualities you might easily incorporate into your efforts.
To summarize the chart:
We encourage you to comment on this post so we can hear about your thoughts and experience.