NVI fosters collective impact conditions within and across communities to improve national impact. We assess community effectiveness and readiness, and then convene groups to support collective impact. We don’t impose any hierarchy and encourage autonomy. Rather than compete or re-invent existing solutions, we aspire to catalyze change where needed and help fulfill unmet needs.

Thriving communities employ five conditions for collective impact success:

  • Common Agenda: Participants must have a shared vision for change or a common agenda that includes a mutual understanding of the problem as well as a shared approach to solving it.
  • Shared Measurement System: In order to bring consistency, clarity, and legitimacy to the endeavor, it is necessary to form a shared measurement system for data collection.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Collective impact requires that each participant undertakes a specific set of activities that support and synchronize with the actions of others.
  • Continuous Communication: Participants need to be in constant communication to use collective impact effectively, and it may take months to build the trust required to efficiently work together.
  • Backbone Organization: Community backbone organizations plan, manage, facilitate, organize, coordinate, communicate, provide technology and communications support, data collection and reporting, handle administrative and logistical issues, and provide adaptive leadership such as framing the issue in a way that presents opportunities and difficulties.

Our role is to:

  • Align national and local stakeholders around a common purpose
  • Champion collective impact without endorsing or prescribing a particular model for community collaboration
  • Support the great work and foster collaboration
  • Catalyze without competing
  • Maximize resources and ideas that are already working
  • Collect and analyze data to enhance service delivery