Collective Impact Principles of Practice

The Collective Impact Principles of Practice (2016) were developed by the Collective Impact Forum, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, the Forum for Youth Investment, FSG, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Living Cities, PolicyLink, the Tamarack Institute, and United Way Worldwide.

The eight principles were developed in response to the realization that the five Collective Impact characteristics (Kania & Kramer, 2011) were insufficient to achieve many systems change goals at scale. While they do not guarantee success, they are derived from the combined experience of various practitioners and are reflected in the development of other successful Collective Impact initiatives.

  • Prioritize Equity in the design and implementation of the collective impact initiative.
  • The initiative innovates with the involvement of cross-sectoral partnerships
  • Ensure community members are involved in the initiative.
  • Collected data is continuously employed to learn, adapt and improve
  • Recruit and develop leaders with unique system leadership skills
  • Maintain a focus on program and systems strategies
  • Nurture a culture of strong relationships, trust, and respect between participants
  • Customize the initiative to the local context

Collective Impact Forum (2016). Collective Impact Principles of Practice. Retrieved from:

Kerslake, Devon and Tamarack Institute (June 3, 2016). Collective Impact Principles of Practice. Retrieved from: