Travel Guide

Welcome to the Collective Impact Travel Guide. This tool collates the questions and answers of local leaders. You can:

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The concept of being on a journey is a familiar one for many local leaders who find themselves carving a new path to collective impact, or when the road is unfamiliar and often unknown. Together SA co-designed this Travel Guide framework with South Australian leaders and international peers. The filters below indicate the multiple simultaneous layers of action that collective impact work requires.

Contribute your answers, anecdotes and weblinks to useful tools, processes and resources that have helped you on your journey. Questions and answers will be reviewed by the Together SA team and we may contact you. If you have an enquiry please contact us anytime.

  • How do I manage different views around pace and scale? Do we need to be incorporated?
  • If everyone is already over extended, how do we truly learn to work differently not more? How do ‘people’ have decision making power? (at grassroots level)
  • How can Bowden Brompton Community School (Beach Campus) help/be part of this programme given our students are 12/13 to 17 years? Most of our students struggle to find health services, medical and mental, that can support them and their families. Complex families and students. Linking services in the community that can provide and assist our school with services or advise to address appropriate services?
  • How much time (business hours/9am-5pm) will be expected of leadership team members from this point on? (I need to put to my employer/manager) or (the above question is due to resistance, so…) How do we convince organisations to commit at executive level, e.g. CEO?
  • How do we engage DECD site leaders in the process?
  • How can we (Bowden Brompton) as a high school support the goals of collective impact? How can we support families to access support services where we identify families in crisis?
  • What is the role of the GP in referring children to interventions under 4 services?
  • What input would you like/expect from a grant-maker which does not have immediate contact with people in hardship or the wider community? $ for $ funder, what is the needed target to harness this?
  • How to engage committee? Once a year school intake? Negative impact! – varied ages in same grade, delays for some children. Can we focus on 2 yearly school intake?
  • How can preschools contribute more than just attendance / enrolment data?
  • Can we meet new mums at immunisation clinics, engage and support them?
  • There are key players who are not here. How do we get and keep them involved? E.g. FMC, CAFHS, Family by Family, Families SA.
  • How do we measure indirect contributions? i.e. I work with teenagers who will one day be parents and I have no doubt that makes a contribution but how do I measure it and report back?
  • Is it possible to do as Logan has done and provide funders with a briefing regarding the needs of our work?
  • What will we see in next 5 years in relation to the role of families?
  • How do you engage families with your plans and strategies?
  • Logan, Queensland Model started in 2009. Political perspective? Risk?
  • Playgroups – how can these be supported/staffed?
  • What opportunities or mechanisms might there be for shared programming in service provision at earlier stage?
  • What role does cultural literacy (and developing it) have to play in delivering results?
  • How do I make sure that leaders are not only from a traditional power base?
  • People get tired, there’s still so much to do. How do we keep going?
  • How do you manage fatigue?
  • Can we connect with SA Health, in particular midwives who do pre- and post-natal home visits and six months check?
  • Families SA? SAPOL? In terms of school attendance, research into causal link between preschool and school attendance.
  • What is happening to promote our work at the political level?
  • Who is the funding partner and how much is the offer we need to match?
  • What evidence are we using to develop possible actions?
  • How do we reward/recognize the work?
  • How do we re-energise the people involved?
  • How do we inoculate ourselves against work avoidance?
  • How do I know when we have disrupted the system sustainably?
  • How are we going to match actions to support outcome and indicators with resources?
  • How do we communicate continuously with the broader community?
  • Where’s the story behind the blue line of Noarlunga Downs? Modelling of that success?
  • Who can best advise me?
  • What do I do when my champion leader gets sick or leaves?
  • How do we engage with children 18 months to 4 years?
  • How do we inoculate our work against the changes of government and policy?
  • How do I get business involved?
  • How do we address/silence the critics?
  • How and when do we develop a local brand/logo and who does it?
  • Who makes the decision about results / indicators / leaders / resourcing?
  • What do I stop doing?
  • How do I build a team and maintain commitment?
  • Are there any crucial sections of the community not yet involved?
  • How close are you to a child protection indicator? Who is involved in this?
  • How do I engage / involve my staff / clients / community?
  • How do others involve community in leadership?
  • Where is the data coming from that we need to form our action plan?
  • How do I manage two competing organizations in the initiative?
  • How do I make a business case?
  • How do we get bi-partisan support?
  • What will this look like for an already overbooked organisation? Who is involved?
  • For the new people, how are the indicators chosen?
  • What are our obsessions?
  • How big is this work?
  • What does adaptive leadership look like?
  • What do we mean by systems change?
  • How do we tap into Malcolm Turnbull?
  • How do we collectively agree to re-direct effort?
  • How much data is enough data?
  • Who can train me in adaptive leadership?
  • Where are Family by Family? CAHFS? Families SA? Health? Mental Health? Need more people around the table.
  • What’s the best way for me to communicate with my group?
  • How do we keep it real as we move from talk to action?
  • Aside from our wonderful MP, how is the government engaged in this initiative?
  • How do I cultivate real disruption?
  • How do we get institutional buy-in?
  • How do we stop delivering services that we have always delivered?
  • Where do I start?
  • How do I know if what I am doing is actually working?
  • Do I need training to lead (or do) this work?
  • When do you know the work is finished?
  • How do I argue that this work will achieve the results we want?
  • How do we manage difference in commitments and capacity and energy?
  • How do we avoid getting bogged down in current political agendas?
  • How do I manage sharing data, ie protecting identities and privacy?
  • When do I formalize relationships?
  • How and when do I get politicians involved in disrupting and influencing?
  • How much money to I need? And do I need something else?
  • Who needs to know about the work? (if they are not in the work) – community, government, service providers, business, philanthropy?
  • Who has a good system of using data?
  • How do I frame the journey the leaders will travel through?
  • What jobs do we need to start a backbone with?
  • When do we actually get to do stuff?
  • What are the dates for the June session? Has the date been set for June 2-day planning event? How do I get my organisations’ support?
  • How do we reach the ‘hard to reach’ community members?
  • What does an influential champion look like? What do they do?
  • Where do we find examples of creation and use of data?
  • How do we maintain interest and passion when people change positions and get burnt out with lengthy processes/short term funding?
  • How do we trust long-term change effort with short term funding?
  • What do I need to put in place to minimize conflict?
  • How do I bring data together so it is useful?
  • How do we choose an issue of focus?
  • How do I develop community leadership and community capacity?
  • Is there a magic number / ratio of Community / Business / Service / Government / Philanthropy?
  • How can I release my data?
  • How do we get people to really communicate to each other across different agendas, experiences and power?
  • We have a donor who wants to invest, how do we avoid them being diverted?
  • How do we challenge and question everything?
  • When and how do we agree on a good governance arrangement?
  • How will being involved affect my funding?
  • How does a group get better at a common language?
  • Who has data I can use?
  • How do we get the voice of the children?
  • Where do we store information about the initiative?
  • What is the level of policy intervention needed to allow for change?
  • How do we do things differently (like attending meetings, allocating resources to this work) when my job description and bosses say otherwise?
  • I don’t get on with someone in our collaboration, what do I do?
  • What are the best indicators for change?
  • How do we find the best Australian examples of collective impact?
  • How do we know that service providers actually represent the views of their community/clients?
  • How do we manage multiple accountabilities?
  • How do we get other influential people involved?
  • When do I get the media involved?
  • What qualities does a leader need?
  • Are we still working on the right stuff?
  • How do we keep on track?
  • How is our data secured?
  • Does there have to be one leader?
  • How do I invite the community to own this work?
  • How do we deal with the barriers of bureaucracy?
  • How do we generate new ideas and innovation?
  • Who is responsible for resolving conflict?
  • Who gets to see and use our data?
  • Do you only have one leader?
  • Where are the best articles about building community ownership?
  • How do we keep the focus on results?