There are so many ways to collaborate, and we support any collaborative framework that works for our local partners. Our program is inspired by the collective impact model.
We encourage leaders and stakeholders to choose the collaborative framework that serves their community’s values, resources, culture, and needs. We’ve also seen how communities around the world, working across an array of social issues—education, physical and mental health, poverty, housing, employment, socialization, and more—have changed outcomes when they apply the principles of collective impact.
Veteran well-being spans a huge spectrum of social issues, with specific cultural factors related to military service. Not every veteran has a need in each issue area, but in every community, each issue area has many veterans in need.
You don’t need to become a collective impact expert to increase your community’s capacity to collaborate for impact in the lives of veterans. Our program bridges the gap from the theoretical to the practical.
To meet the needs of reintegrating veterans and their families, communities must have a shared goal, differentiated responsibilities, and mutual accountability. That’s what collective impact is fundamentally about: using a simple framework to mount a complex response to complex social issues.
It helps to have a shared vocabulary when talking about these complex issues. We've distilled the basics for you below.