Collective impact is an approach to changing complex social issues that are influenced by multiple, intersectional factors. Oftentimes there are a great diversity of nonprofits and government agencies that are working toward the same goals, but they perform this work in a silo without collaboration, and sometimes even competition. The collective impact approach brings people and organizations together to solve difficult problems.
The collective impact approach requires a way to share the goals and vision of the community, measure success or challenges, and outline a pathway to revise and improve a plan. RSSC uses the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework, popularized by Mark Friedman in his book Trying Hard is Not Good Enough. RBA provides RSSC the tools and process to identify community priorities, align the work of partnering agencies to improve their impact on these priority areas, and create a system of accountability to both the community and to partners.
Population Accountability: what we want to see in our community as a whole and how we’ll measure if the work is making an impact. (long term impact)
RSSC facilitates monthly meetings in the Midtown/Magnolia and Southeast Stockton neighborhoods as part of its South Stockton Promise Zone work. The meetings serve as a space where community-based organizations can come together with neighborhood residents and stakeholders to share information on community resources and events. Another key goal of the meetings is addressing relevant neighborhood issues by listening to residents and leveraging time and resources as a collective to address those issues. The meetings are held every fourth Friday of the month. For more information or if you’re interested in attending the meetings, please see our resources page to sign up for notifications.
In 2016, South Stockton was awarded a grant from the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) to structure a coalition around a health issue that would incorporate coordinated, linked collective action and community engagement. This Accountable Community of Health (ACH) model is a structured and enduring platform for bringing together the health care delivery system, public health, social services and community-based programs, other related sectors and institutions, and residents in order to collectively improve the health of the community. The essential elements of an ACH are: