Project Updates

Stan Schneider to Address “Collective Impact” at Georgia Family Connection Conference

On October 23, 2014, Metis President Stan Schneider will present the workshop “Making an Impact, Collectively” at the conference of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership in Augusta. The conference brings together members of Georgia’s 159 county-based “collaboratives”—unique partnerships of individuals and organizations working together to collect and use data to make decisions that benefit the state’s children, families and communities.

The conference, which runs from October 22 to 24, provides an opportunity for those grappling with the complex issues that challenge children and families in the state to come together and share their resources and expertise.

Collective Impact, the topic of Schneider’s presentation, is a systematic approach to cross-sector collaboration—an idea for which Metis has long advocated. The Georgia Family Connection Partnership is an important example of the power of this methodology. With Metis’s help in the mid-1990s, the initiative embarked on an ongoing, participatory data-collection and analysis process. In continuing to collect and use these data over the past several decades, it has demonstrated how communities with a common agenda, common theory of change, shared data-collection and measurement structure, and the support of a vital “backbone” organization can improve the quality of life for their residents.

Schneider, speaking on Thursday, October 23, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., will discuss the characteristics of a Collective Impact project as well as methods for its evaluation and lessons learned from past projects. For more information, please visit possibilities.gafcp.org.