The component of strategic planning is important in ensuring your collaborative is clear about what you and your organization is trying to achieve. Phases of strategic planning may include a search for understanding towards your community and resources, framing and drafting of a common agenda, and supporting implementation of the plan.

“We need to support and value the work of collective impact in this space.”

Local collaboratives and CVEBs are making solid efforts to think, work and act strategically and most have specific goals and objectives to guide their current efforts.


Percentage of communities with 2017 goals established or in progress.

The needs of Veterans, as reported by collaborative leaders, are varied and often interrelated. To be more effective in their collaborative work most collaborative leaders express a desire for more specific, and varied types, of data about Veterans, their needs and how well they are being met.

Top needs of Veterans

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    Career services/Education

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    Financial Counseling/Assistance

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    Mental Health

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The challenges to providing support to local Veterans are numerous and vary greatly by community as well. Developing collaborative operations and assuring funding commensurate with needs are two primary challenges in many communities.

Challenges to Support/Honor Veterans

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    Collaborative development

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    Identifying needs

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    Provider/staff shortage

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    Access to services

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    Identifying Veterans