We are a collective of leading partner communities, national organisations, a wider learning network and the Opportunity Child core team. Together we are ready to align our individual strategies for shared early childhood outcomes, disrupt the status quo and use a collective impact approach to develop new ways of working together towards systems change.
We are not a loose network of partners. Our initiative is a well-developed and highly sophisticated approach designed to enable social innovation, based on global best practice and research, and which is already receiving international recognition.
We also have strong links with international collective impact practitioners: Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute in the US, Mark Cabaj of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement in Canada and Pat Bowie of the UCLA Centre for Healthier Children, Families & Communities and the LA-based Magnolia Place Community Initiative. These relationships help to inform best practice and learning across our whole initiative.
Our six high-potential partner communities are places where many children are developmentally vulnerable, but where collective impact is already alive and well.
Our eight national partner organisations are leaders in place-based research, service delivery and practice in early childhood in Australia and catalytic philanthropy.
Our wider learning network includes communities across Australia where many children are developmentally vulnerable and where collective impact work is growing strongly. This learning network includes our partner agencies or organisations.
Finally, our Opportunity Child core team is small, agile and adaptive, fully engaged and led by communities as we collaborate and work towards our shared goal.
Together we represent different parts of the system we want to change – joining the dots between communities, governments, organisations, researchers and service providers. Our collective experience, knowledge and relationships can make a big difference for children in Australia.
Working together as Opportunity Child lifts us up from our everyday work and lets us focus on changing the bigger picture – changing the system through our collective impact work.
Innovation isn’t new to the field of early childhood development. But if we want to make large-scale change, innovation in small pockets is not enough. We need to go big and innovate across organisations and sectors. The approach we are taking is unique, because we use the power of collective impact, led by communities as we to drive local and national innovation together.