LFA has developed a distilled, simplified framework for collaborative performance that is customizable, enables self-diagnosis, and creates a roadmap for identifying and making the changes needed to support strong performance. We offer a one-page framework: while complexity is inherent in collaboration and must be respected, it is also important to make collaboration as simple as possible by distilling collaboration to a few simple, core principles to help make performance monitoring more manageable. Download the Matrix. Learn more about this tool and how to use it by reading our blog post here.
The Upstream Investments Policy Initiative is a collective impact initiative chartered by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in response to concerns over escalating costs in the local criminal justice system. From 2015 to 2016, LFA served as the evaluation and learning partner for the Upstream Initiative, which seeks to reduce downstream criminal justice costs and enhance community outcomes by shifting the focus of policies, funding, and programming toward upstream investments in evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention and early intervention programs and services. The evaluation provided insights into factors that facilitate or impede progress toward the initiative's goals and vision, guiding planning and implementation of ongoing efforts to advance the initiative. Download the Final Report.
ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute completed a rigorous study to understand when and how collective impact contributes to systems and population change. Looking across 25 initiatives working on different focus areas, the study looks at the contribution and outcomes of collective impact, the design and implementation of the collective impact approach, with a specific deep-dive into equity. The study also lifts up implications from the study as well as considerations for different audiences. Download the Full Report or the Executive Summary.