What’s New

Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
Collective Impact is working with amazing partners from The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc., West Virginia State Office of Rural Health, and West Virginia Rural Health Association to collectively implement the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funded West Virginia Health Care Workforce Gap Analysis project over the coming year! Among other things, we will be examining provider shortages, distribution of shortage areas, recruitment, and system infrastructure. Looking forward to producing outstanding project outcomes with this top notch team of dedicated professionals and laying the groundwork for strengthening the health care workforce system in the state!
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Collective Impact is providing planning and facilitation services for The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Building Bridges Leadership Institute (BBLI). This is round two of the BBLI which advances leadership knowledge and skills for nearly 50 senior staff of local nonprofit organizations. Over a six month period, participants engage in monthly learning and peer-to-peer sharing activities with national and local experts and nonprofit colleagues. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are central to TGKVF’s mission and impact.
WV Bureau for Public Health – Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
Collective Impact is providing strategic planning services for WV Bureau for Public Health – Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. We are working with the Division’s Comprehensive Cancer Program to build upon previous efforts and emerging opportunities identified through the strategic planning process. The results of the project will serve to help guide the Division’s future direction as it prepared for writing its competitive grant application in early-2022. Ultimately, the information gathered through this process will provide a “road map” or guide for the Division to intentionally move forward into the future in its endeavors to impact its goals of decreasing the prevalence of obesity and improving key chronic disease indicators.
West Virginia DHHR Division of Early Care and Education
Collective Impact is conducting a statewide child care assessment for DHHR Division of Early Care and Education.
We are seeking to learn what works well, what could be improved, and ways to best spend the state’s allocation (over 260 million) of American Rescue Plan funding. As part of this project, we are conducing 15 public forums and administering surveys with parents, providers, and stakeholders. We are also reviewing and analyzing related secondary data. The project will result in the development of an assessment report highlighting key findings.
American Planning Association – West Virginia Chapter
Collective Impact is providing strategic planning services for the West Virginia Chapter of the APA; a small organization with approximately 60 members. The chapter has been fairly inactive over the past decade. However, some members have come together to “reboot” the Chapter. As part of this “reboot,” the Chapter wants to develop a mission, vision, develop goals and objectives, and provide recommendations to guide the Chapter over the next five (5) years, with a focus on next year. The Chapter recognizes the importance of having these discussions via a deliberative, strategic, and facilitated process.
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – Appalachian Leadership Institute (ALI)
Collective Impact is working with faculty members of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Tuskegee University to design and implement the third year of the Appalachian Leadership Institute (ALI).

ALI is a comprehensive leadership and economic development training opportunity for people who live and/or work in Appalachia and are passionate about helping their communities thrive.
Ohio County Community Needs Assessment
Collective Impact is working with the Ohio County Community Needs Assessment Partnership (CNAP) to conduct a community needs assessment in order to identify priorities for the community. The CNAP is comprised of the following organizations: Ohio County Family Resource Network (FRN), Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), West Virginia University (WVU) Extension – Ohio County, and United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

The needs assessment will help identify specific issues that local residents and service providers feel are important to address. Findings from the assessment assist a large number of community partners across the county in planning for future services, educating the community, and leveraging and distributing resources over the next several years.
Appalachian Tourism Study: Extending Our Welcome
Collective Impact worked with University of Tennessee Knoxville to conduct a comprehensive research project to better understand Appalachian tourism and identify opportunities to grow tourism activities and encourage business development throughout the region. The project was funded through a competitive grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – a federal economic development agency. 

The project was 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 used research, surveys, site visits, and focus groups as part of the research method. The project identified 12 communities to serve as case studies to illustrate local tourism success stories and best practices for tourism business development. To see the final report, click here!
Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle (HFHEP)
Collective Impact is working with HFHEP Board and staff to facilitate a strategic planning project. As part of the project, we are examining the organization through our signature Planning Impact Domains: Governance and Leadership; Financial and Legal; Human Resources and Culture; Programs, Services, and Facilities, Internal Communication and Information Systems; and Marketing, Branding, and Relationships.

The project will culminate with the development of planning and implementation deliverables and materials that will build upon emerging opportunities identified throughout the project, recap the activities and results of the planning process, and serve as a “road map” to intentionally move the organization forward into the future.
Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. (GCCAC)
Collective Impact is working with GCCAC to conduct a joint strategic planning and financial management planning project. Over the coming year, we will review and analyze the various operational systems of the organization and engage an array of internal and external stakeholders to assess the organization’s effectiveness and efficiencies.

The project will culminate with the development of planning and implementation deliverables and materials that will build upon emerging opportunities identified throughout the project, recap the activities and results of the planning process, and serve as a “road map” to intentionally move GCCAC forward into the future.
Prestera Center
Collective Impact is working with Prestera Center, on behalf of Region 5 of the West Virginia Prevention First Network, to conduct a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Assessment for its ten-county service area in West Virginia which includes the counties of Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, and Boone. 

Information gathered throughout the assessment process will be compiled into a report that will provide stakeholders greater insight into the SUD dynamics, needs, resources, and opportunities throughout the region and at the local level. Decisions for planning, policy development and implementation, and resource leveraging and allocation will be enhanced with access to extensive data that will be gathered, analyzed, and summarized as part of this effort.
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health (WV SORH)
Collective Impact is working with the West Virginia State Office of Rural Health to provide assessment and coalition building services. As part of this work, we are conducting a survey with statewide rural health stakeholders.  We will also be facilitating planning sessions to build off from the information gathered from the survey.
 
WV SORH, established in 1990, is a federal-state partnership authorized by state legislation. The mission of the WV SORH is to implement programs and promote best practice models through collaboration with stakeholders, for the purpose of addressing rural health care.
Youth Services System, Inc. (YSS)
Collective Impact has been retained to help YSS assess the substance abuse prevention or substance use disorder prevention coalitions in Region 1 which includes the counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel.
 
As part of this work, we are conducting key informant interviews with coalition staff and members from each of the four coalitions in the region.  In addition to the interviews, we are conducting a survey with coalition stakeholders.  We will also be talking with coalition stakeholders from around West Virginia, and in other states.
 
We are using the ReIGNITE framework which focuses our assessment on six key elements including: Inspire, Govern, Network, Implement, Train, and Evaluate. These elements are being used as the lens to assess the coalition’s current functioning and identify opportunities for it to revise, rejuvenate, or reenergize.
Community Connections, Inc. (CCI)
Collective Impact has been retained by Community Connections, Inc. to facilitate a community needs assessment in eleven southern and southeastern WV counties – Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster, and Wyoming.

The needs assessment will be focusing on the four broad domains of health/mental health, education, financial stability/basic needs, and minority populations. The project includes a community stakeholder survey, stakeholder focus groups, and secondary data research and analysis. Our work will culminate with the development of a comprehensive report highlighting key findings around the current needs in each of the participating communities.