2016/2017 REPORT 2016/2017 REPORT
Greater Houston launches All Kids Alliance
predecessor to All Kids Alliance created
Houston selected for adaptation of Strive in national competition
All Kids Alliance begins strategic coaching that meets organizations “where they are”
“Collective Impact” emerges with Houston (All Kids Alliance) cited as early practitioner
All Kids Alliance recognized as urban intermediary; Bob Wimpelberg named to National Leadership Council
It is our pleasure to present a 6th report on the work of All Kids Alliance. Our big news is that this year we transitioned to client-specific coaching, meeting community groups “where they are.” Because of the emerging popularity of collective impact, our active client base went from two to five. Equally important, we continue to log our “lessons learned.” In this report we capture our current understanding of systems work in the social sector, we retrace our history, and we celebrate the diversity of our partners. We will always be grateful to those who have advocated for collective impact since we launched All Kids Alliance in 2010.
Bob Wimpelberg Founder and Executive Director
I remember when I became aware of All Kids Alliance. Its advocacy for “systems” thinking in the field of education resonated with my decades of work leading an oil and gas business. That was in 2011. Over the last half-decade, I have admired the Alliance’s learning capacity and the strength of its national partnership, the StriveTogether Network. I am thrilled with the resilience of All Kids Alliance, demonstrated by its recent success in the consultation environment. I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the more than 30 community leaders who made this progress possible when they were members of our Council of Executives.
Gus Noojin Chair, All Kids Alliance Council of Executives, 2012-2016
Getting community partners on the same page, with the same goals.
Identifying what works, aligning resources around it, and scaling it up.
and collective impact coaching We work with organizations and coalitions to help them engage their partners . . . . . . not to “do their thing” in a one-off project, but to find “what works” and take it to scale. . . . not to join in “parallel play,” but to assume shared accountability for project outcomes. . . . not to persist in old habits of wait-and-see evaluation,
but to learn how to get and use data in rapid cycle continuous improvement Our clients learn results-based leadership. They challenge themselves to articulate near-term and longer-term outcomes. They come to understand that shared time is a critical resource, and they learn how to plan with multiple partners effectively.
We have 5 clients, who have hundreds of partners, who help over a hundred thousand children and community members by applying collective impact principles.
All Kids Alliance is teaching us everything from how to run an action-oriented meeting to thinking big picture. I surprised myself the other day by asking one of our partners, “So, what would success look like?” Resultsbased leadership is rubbing off on me! Anne Whitlock Executive Director Connect Community
Strategic Innovations Project
Connect 2 Character BridgeUp
Feeder Pattern Impact Project
BridgeUp Impact Network
Cradle to Career Collective Impact
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STA F F Bob Wimpelberg, PhD Founder and Executive Director Jessica Diaz, MPAff Consultant for Partnership Engagement Sandy Frieden, PhD Consultant for Continuous Improvement
So, what would success look like? And how would you measure it?
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