Mobilizing Communities: Improving Northwest Education Through Collective Impact


May 2014


Cover image of the Mobilizing Communities: Improving Northwest Education through Collective Impact publication

Collective impact gained recognition as an approach to solving complex social issues in the late 1990s with a number of efforts to address environmental and public health challenges across America. These challenges demanded the involvement of multiple stakeholders—government, businesses, community-based organizations, researchers—in building effective, long-term solutions. Collective impact efforts require high levels of coordination across partners and a strong emphasis on data-driven decision making, and the approach holds tremendous potential for advancing educational and community outcomes.

As collective impact efforts gain traction across the region, this publication captures lessons learned and identifies ongoing areas of need. Included are profiles of eight education-based collective impact efforts across the region, including the Road Map Project (WA), All Hands Raised (OR), Treasure Valley Education Partnership (ID), Better Together (OR), Spokane Cradle to Career Network (WA), Graduate Tacoma! (WA), 90% by 2020 (AK), and Eastside Pathways (WA).