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Collective Impact Case Studies

Collective Impact Case Studies


Case Studies

Working collaboratively can be difficult and requires that individuals and organisations recognise that success is reliant on the actions of all. Collaborative relationships are defined by trust, power sharing, and open and regular communications. The following list is not exhaustive, but provides some examples (both Australian and international) of communities that have turned to collaboration to resolve their most complex social problems.

Australian Case Studies: 

Justice Reinvestment in Bourke

Just Reinvest NSW is working in partnership with Maranguka in Bourke NSW to develop a justice reinvestment framework for Bourke. Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improving public safety, reducing corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvesting savings in strategies that reduce crime and strengthen communities.

Burnie Works

The community of Burnie, Tasmania are using a collective impact approach to tackle intergenerational disadvantage and create a caring, inclusive, smart, sustainable and vibrant place to live. 

Logan Together

Logan Together is a whole of community campaign that aims to create the best life opportunities for every child in Logan, QLD.


Grow is an initiative of the Geelong community that aims to tackle place-based disadvantage stemming from joblessness, and to improve the economic and social prosperity of the region.

Go Goldfields

Go Goldfields uses collective impact to improve outcomes for children, youth and families in the Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria.

Opportunity Child

Opportunity Child aims to use collective impact to dramatically improve the lives of 65,000 children in communities across Australia.

International Case Studies: 

Child Friendly Leeds

Leed's has taken UNICEF's International Child Friendly Cities Initiative and used it to guide in creating a ‘rights-based’ approach to make sure children know about their rights, can access services when they need them and help to design, implement and evaluate services designed for them.

Promised Neighbourhoods

Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal Promise Neighborhoods program is a bold initiative to break the cycle of generational poverty by wrapping children in a seamless pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college and career.

Living SJ

Living SJ was formed in 2014 to bring an end to generational poverty in Saint John. It is co-led by over 100 partners working together to improve social outcomes and inform policies and practices that will help build a brighter future, socially and economically.

Strive Together

Promoted by community leaders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, The Strive Partnership was launched in 2006 to target a problem of being 'program rich and system poor.' It engages executive and grassroots partners in the vision, works through turf issues among service providers, and encourages funders to move existing resources to proven strategies

Vibrant Communities, Canada

Launched in 2002, Vibrant Communities Canada now has over 60 cities using multi-sector leadership roundtables to reduce poverty. While the poverty reduction effort is customized to the local context, these cross-sector community leaders have been working on poverty reduction strategies such as increasing access to affordable transit, living wage campaigns, increasing access to affordable housing, focusing on priority neighbourhoods, and advocating for evidence-based social assistance.

Memphis Fast Forward

Memphis Fast Forward is a multi-layered collective impact initiative focused on increasing economic prosperity and quality of life in Greater Memphis, Tennessee