How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact

– Download Full Report –

Author(s): FSG and the Forum for Youth Investment

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 by the Collective Impact Forum

Report Intro/Brief:
“How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact, a new learning brief co-authored by FSG and the Forum for Youth Investment and published with the Collective Impact Forum, provides examples and recommendations of public policies that use funding streams, regulations, reporting and auditing practices, and interdepartmental collaboration to enable communities to apply the collective impact approach to tackling complex social problems.

Drawing on interviews with policymakers, extensive secondary research, and their own experiences in the policy sphere, the authors identified public policies that support the five conditions of collective impact and ways that government structures, processes, practices, and mindsets can enable and sustain those ”collective impact friendly” policies. They found examples of policymakers innovating at local, state, and federal levels to support communities pursuing a collective impact approach to challenges as diverse as economic development, education, and health. These public policies extend beyond electoral cycles and outside of partisan debates to support communities in their path to achieving positive, lasting outcomes.

The authors hope this learning brief serves as a platform for gathering and highlighting examples of such public policies at all levels of government across the nation. They welcome submissions of these examples, and suggestions for additional resources that may be helpful for policymakers and their partners.”


Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)



Recent Comments

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top