Children, families and community are at the heart of Connecting Community for Kids, with collective impact providing the governance model to support community conversations, raise awareness and harness support for change.
Collective impact involves the commitment of a diverse group of people in solving a specific social problem to achieve long term significant social change; and encompasses community as partners (co-creators) in shaping the future.
To create a foundation, culture and practice of working in partnership, community engagement strategies are regularly undertaken and data continues to be collected and collated. The information gathered is used to inform lines of enquiry for continued community conversations and support the development of circuit breakers and our Roadmap for Change. Collective working can create positive and lasting outcomes for young children in Cockburn and Kwinana.
Connecting Community for Kids has partnered with Opportunity Child, a coordinating body focused on helping communities work better together, while also supporting policy shifts and systems change to improve outcomes for children. Opportunity Child is using a collective impact approach to address the fact that 65,000 children start school each year in Australia with big challenges in learning and in life. Working together with other collective impact initiatives around Australia allows for aligned efforts, pooling of resources, and shared measurements of success.
- All participants have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
- Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all the participants ensures shared measurement for alignment and accountability.
- A plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant.
- Open and continuous communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.
- A backbone organisation(s) with staff and specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organisations and agencies.
- From a managerial paradigm to a movement building paradigm
- From continuous communication to authentic engagement
- From common agenda to shared aspiration
- From shared measurement to strategic learning
- From mutually reinforcing activities to a focus on high-leverage opportunities
- From backbone support to a container for change