AUSTIN, Texas, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- nFocus Solutions®, the leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions for communities and nonprofits nationwide, and Michael McAfee, Senior Director of PolicyLink and Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, share strategies that collective impact initiatives can deploy to create long-term impact in the communities they serve.
In the first entry of this two-part Q&A published on nFocus' Ideas nFocus blog, nFocus President Ananda Roberts and McAfee discuss pertinent issues affecting collective impact initiatives when it comes to improving education, family and youth development. They also share strategies that communities can implement to tackle complex issues, how to overcome funding challenges to create a sustainable initiative and the importance of community leadership engagement. Roberts and McAfee expand on the need for communities to become data-driven in Part 2 of the blog, which centers on the use of data to make better programming and process decisions.
"Collective impact initiatives are growing rapidly nationwide. They are key to advancing economic and social equity for our most vulnerable communities, but each one faces a unique set of challenges – from planning to implementation," McAfee said. "It is important to have honest discussions about what it takes for these initiatives to successfully get results for children and families, and I am pleased to share my perspective on this with a leader like nFocus."
Roberts added, "To tackle the entrenched social problems that affect our society, collective impact initiatives must clearly define community-wide goals and carefully coordinate program strategies. It's no easy feat, but my hope is that with the addition of McAfee's expertise to the Ideas nFocus blog, community leaders will gain insight into steps they can take to make a difference in the lives they serve."
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