Across all communities, as well as with our partner organisations and our wider learning network, we work together to develop the skills, knowledge and mindsets needed to do collective impact well.
This is our collective model and it is a new approach, so there’s no handbook or expert with all the answers.
So we learn together as we go. We create opportunities to learn through doing, from each other and by reflecting on patterns as they emerge through shared learning.
We create new ways of measuring how what we are doing is working on the ground through our monitoring and evaluation focus area, which will make it possible to track progress in collective impact across Australia for the first time.
We’ll be able to see how different organisations and community efforts contribute to national outcomes, telling us more about what works and what doesn’t. We’ll use that knowledge to adapt what we do for better results and stop doing things that waste money and effort.
We will develop a sustainable pool of funding through our agile funding approach, investing in initiatives that are focused on early childhood, led by communities, and designed to create systemic change. Many investors currently think it is too risky to take on such big challenges. We want to show them that that it’s worth it.
We will speak collectively, with a loud collective voice, to inform and influence others. Weaving together our combined experience and knowledge with what we create and learn as we innovate, we’ll create a strong and informed national mouthpiece to influence social policy and enable systems change.
We know that being curious and courageous pays off. If we succeed in this bold new way of working together, we’ll see better outcomes on two levels – more children thriving in our partner communities, and a system that’s capable of dramatic and lasting change.