When Collective Impact Makes an Impact

We at Spark Policy Institute and ORS Impact are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study.


The study sought to shed light on a fundamental question:
To what extent and under what conditions does the collective impact approach contribute to systems and population changes

Download the full report or the executive summary.

Preventing Truancy in Colorado: A Case Study

Preventing Truancy in Colorado focuses on Radical Possibilities, a prevention pilot run by La Plata Youth Services, providing an overview of community in school partnerships and the importance of the community in addressing truancy, as well as the process and experiences of Radical Possibilities. The purpose of the pilot is to learn and document the causal factors of truancy, effective prevention strategies to keep youth in school and on track, academically and socially while increasing school and student engagement, and the systems changes needed to successfully address truancy.

Truancy Problem Solving Courts in Colorado: A Case Study

The Truancy Problem Solving Court (TPSC) Case Study illustrates the process and experiences of the three courts presenting similarities and differences, highlighting lessons learned, and offering guidance to judicial districts interested in the use or exploration of a TPSC. The case study looks at three pilot sites in Colorado: Jefferson County; Otero, Crowley, and Bent Counties; and Aurora Public Schools.

Data Use and Shared Accountability

This is the first of four briefs developed as part of The Colorado Trust’s Early Childhood Council Health Integration Evaluation. The evaluation focus was on building a more integrated system of care at the local level by linking child health services to other early childhood services. This brief examines data use and shared accountability, which grantees identified early on as a topic relevant to systems-building work.

When Backbone Organizations Become the Funder- The Use of Fiscal Intermediaries

This new article from The Foundation Review, by Jewlya Lynn, Kirsten Breckenridge, Ashley Denault, and Chris Marvin looks at the challenges and opportunities that arise when backbone organizations become fiscal intermediaries in the collective impact context. It uses examples from the Social Innovation Fund, a White House initiative, and Got Your 6, a collective-impact campaign that seeks to bridge the civilian-military divide and draws on learning from funders of the initiatives, backbone organizations, and the initiatives’ partners.”