Does Collective Impact Work?: What Literacy Coalitions Tell Us (Hardback)
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Does Collective Impact Work?: What Literacy Coalitions Tell Us (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 04/10/2017
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The book seeks to demonstrate the ways in which collective impact approaches have guided the development of literacy coalitions over time. Since community collaboration strategies developed to address social issues, coalitions have grown from small networking organizations to powerful forces for change. The history of literacy coalitions offers a timeline outlining the why, who, what, where, when and how of communities that were influenced by social and political changes and the ways coalitions responded and thrived. The lack of literacy has held back economic development in the US and coalitions shine a light on issues associated with illiteracy and low school achievement. Not all coalitions succeed and the book explores models of success, funding strategies, evaluation and impact. The goal is to assist those developing coalitions by providing not only lessons learned but a blueprint for success.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498508452
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 21 mm


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The authors have produced an especially insightful analysis of the issue of literacy and of the dynamics of collaborative efforts in general. If your organization is involved in community impact work of any nature, you will find real value here. An added bonus is the entertaining examples that are used throughout the book, like the multiple and significant values of early literacy, George Washington's adult literacy efforts at Valley Forge, and the New York grid system as an analogy for the way that coalitions work.--Bill Millett, Scope View Strategic Advantage
Does Collective Impact Work? sheds new light on the powerful role that coalitions are playing in mobilizing communities to take action and make measurable progress in addressing the literacy crisis in the United States. More than simply offering a series of case examples, the authors identify the key drivers and the underlying success factors necessary for communities to produce longer-term, more sustainable results.--Ron Fairchild, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Frank Ridzi and Margaret Doughty shine a bright light on the value of a literacy coalition in the collective impact model and the challenges in evaluating system level change and attaining sustainable funding to address a complex social issue. This book is a great read for those who are involved with a literacy coalition and for those interested in learning more about them.--Robert E. Paponetti, The Literacy Cooperative

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