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. As the system is improved in these ways, the expectation is that child and family indicators of health and well-being will also improve.

System Impacts

  • Families have Access to the services and supports they want and need
  • Families benefit from high Quality services and supports
  • Families experience Equity in the services and supports they are offered or receive
  • Families’ needs for services and supports are met by the Capacity of the system to meet those needs
  • Families experience a high-level of Satisfaction with the system of services and supports

Child and Family Outcomes

  • Babies are born healthy
  • Children maintain physical and emotional health and well-being
  • Children enter school ready to learn
  • Parents are leaders in their families and community

* 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.