The “collective impact” model for social impact encourages leaders and other stakeholders to seek out partners with experience and knowledge to advise, guide, and collaborate on key initiatives. During our first two years of operation, NVI worked with a group of partners to assess the veteran ecosystem, identify opportunities for collaboration, and prioritize services needed to support local veteran collaboratives. Called our “national partners," NVI’s earliest collaborators included several nationally-known organizations with established presence in the veterans’ space, who helped socialize our mission and gave us important insights about the landscape on which we were working.
As NVI matures, the role of our national partnerships is evolving. Our focus is sharper than it was when we started; we’ve since refined our program offerings, based on direct input from our local partners. Now, the time is right to forge stronger, more strategic and deeper bonds with core partners from beyond the confines of our own field, whose specific expertise and capabilities can support NVI and our growing network of community based collaboratives, by delivering the sorts of new and innovative programming that will help propel our ecosystem from a great idea, to a sustainable movement.
We are deepening relationships with two organizations that have worked with us for the last two years; these partners will support our local partners and increase our reach. To improve the quality of our data, we have forged a new partnership with an established and highly esteemed organization.
These three best-in-class organizations contribute subject matter expertise, convening authority, and significant resources to our local partners as they mature. Each partnership is aligned with one of our program cornerstones:
Collective impact Forum has designed and is delivering the first-ever program of collective impact classes customized specifically for NVI’s veteran-serving collaboratives, and providing in-depth technical assistance and consulting to local partners committed to increasing collective impact success.
National League of Cities provides a robust portfolio of unique, tailored opportunities for our local partners to increase knowledge about civic policies and systems, through their conferences, online seminars, and custom-designed work sessions between NVI local collaborative leaders, the elected officials from across the nation. We are also working together to educate elected and civic leaders about NVI and raise awareness of civic leaders’ role in veterans’ issues.
Thought Leadership & Data
The RAND Corporation is providing guidance on NVI’s “Local Partner Self Assessment Tool” (LPSAT), a new tool designed to help local partners assess various aspects of their community-based collaboration, including progress toward measures of collective impact. RAND will provide guidance on appropriate methods for NVI to assess our impact. They'll also advise us on opportunities to capture what we're learning and highlight our thought leadership.
Read more about our National Partnerships and how they will support our program.