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Appalachinan Regional Commission - University of Tennessee Knoxville

Collective Impact is working with faculty members of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Center for Sustainable Business and Development, Department of Political Science, and Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management to conduct a research project to better understand Appalachian tourism and identify opportunities to grow tourism activities and encourage business development throughout the region. The project is funded through a competitive grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) - a federal economic development agency. The project is the largest and most comprehensive study of tourism ever conducted by the commission, which covers 205,000 square miles across 420 counties in 13 states. Results of the study will help us better understand the state of tourism of the region, new growth areas for tourism in Appalachian communities, and best practices and successful strategies to help the communities succeed. The project will use research, surveys, site visits, and focus groups as part of the research method. The project also will identify communities to use as case studies to illustrate local tourism success stories and best practices for tourism business development.

CSJ Ministries, Inc.

In 2007, the new Congregation of St. Joseph was formed with the combining of seven CSJ Congregations throughout America's heartland. The new Congregation had over 35 ministries under its care and within a year of the Congregation’s formation, CSJ Ministries came into being. CSJ Ministries was created as the “sponsorship arm” of the Congregation, the organization that would be completely dedicated to current and future sponsored ministries of the Congregation. Over the past 10 years, CSJ Ministries has worked to support, encourage, help sustain, and provide leadership for the ministry organizations the Congregation of St. Joseph is proud to sponsor.

The sponsorship structures and processes the Congregation has used in relation to their ministries have worked very well over many years. However, in recent years it has become apparent that these structures no longer fit the changing realities. Emerging realities have led the CSJ Ministries board to assess its historical sponsorship model and begin to envision a new model, a new way for the future. For the past two years the CSJ Ministries Board has been in the process of assessing the current CSJ Sponsorship model and determining what is needed going forward into the future. Collective Impact has been assisting CSJ Ministries through this transformational paradigm shift by providing planning, development, stakeholder engagement, and change management services.

Collective Impact continues our work with the CSJ Ministries Board in visualizing the emergence of the CSJ Mission Network, a flexible, nimble, and adaptive structure whereby all current and future ministers and ministerial outreaches are strongly united by the Congregation’s mission and charism for many years to come … “that all may be one.”

Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science (JCSMS)

Collective Impact is working with the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science (JCSMS) to engage its membership in the Collective Impact approach. JCSMS serves as a convener and catalyst for cooperative ventures. The Collective Impact approach is a commitment of a group of individuals from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. The concept of collective impact hinges on the idea that organizations need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal if they are to create lasting solutions to social problems on a large-scale. This approach was highlighted in a Stanford Social Innovation Review article titled “Collective Impact”. More recently, with financial support from the Wallace Foundation, the Teachers College of Columbia University engaged in research relating to collective engagement around education reform. Their report (Collective Impact and the New Generation of Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education) describes the development of cross-sector collaborations and presents findings from a scan of initiatives across the United States. With assistance from Collective Impact, JCSMS membership is exploring how the model might be used to address relevant issues facing their member organizations.

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

Collective Impact has been working with the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living to help the organization develop a strategic plan for the future as well as engage in succession planning for the planned departure of its founding Executive Director who has lead the organization for nearly 30 years.

During this engaging and productive process, Collective Impact is becoming more educated about the variety of needs of people with disabilities as well as the numerous services, resources, and supports available to the disabilities community. Did you know that in the United Stated, 12.6% of adults have some type of disability? Did you know that in West Virginia, the number is even higher, with 19.4% of adults having some type of disability? And in West Virginia, adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke (21.9%) and be obese (43.3%).

The challenges facing people with disabilities is overwhelming, but many of these challenges are being met daily by organizations like NWVCIL. A BIG shout out to the good folks at NWVCIL for your passion, tenacity, and strong work on improving the lives and communities of people with disabilities in the mountain state!

Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission (WDAC) and Greene County Drug & Alcohol Program

Collective Impact continues to work with Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission (WDAC) and Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program on their problem gambling initiatives. With the increased availability of legalized gambling in Pennsylvania comes increased concern regarding the individual and social costs of problem gambling. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is addressing this concern by increasing problem gambling prevention, education and outreach efforts throughout the state. Problem gambling prevention activities are intended to increase awareness of problem gambling within the general public; inform teachers, policy makers, and other professionals about the impact of problem gambling on the family unit, schools and communities; and educate at-risk populations such as college students, youth, and older adults about risk and protective factors in an effort to prevent problem gambling.