Conceptual Framework → Collective Impact

Collective Impact

Collective impact* describes the synergistic outcomes that can result when AOK Network members from across sectors (e.g., health, mental health, early learning, family support, etc.) commit to a common agenda of creating a more comprehensive and coordinated system of services and supports while addressing current, local child and families issues.

AOK Network strategic plans include initiatives that enhance the local system by improving service access, quality, equity, and/or capacity while enhancing families’ satisfaction. By working together to continuously improve the local service delivery system, AOK Networks
are able to improve system outcomes that lead to more positive outcomes for children and families.

System Outcomes

  • Access to Quality Services: More families have reasonable and affordable access to an array of quality services and resources that promotes their children’s development and meets their families’ needs.
  • Coordination of Efforts: More families experience a coordinated cross-sector system of services and supports that is holistic, aligned, and easier to navigate.
  • Equitable and Just System: More families experience an equitable system that assures all families have a fair opportunity to receive what they need to be successful.
  • Parents as Partners in Making the System Work for Them: More parents are welcomed, respected, valued, and engaged as leaders in their families and in their communities.

Child Impacts

  • Babies are born healthy
  • Young children are safe, healthy, and developing positively
  • Children enter kindergarten ready

* Collective impact can also refer to a specific approach to creating conditions for working together to address complex social problems. While our reference to collective impact here refers to the broader synergistic result of working together, the 5 conditions described in the Collective Impact Model for social change are integrated to varying degrees in the AOK approach to creating systems change.