Learn about Collective Impact – a structured collaborative process to improve efficiency and effectiveness of inter-organizational partnerships and lead to collective progress on challenging issues like invasive Phragmites

The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative is guided by the principles of Collective Impact.

Collective Impact is a framework intended to address complex problems through collaboration with multiple organizations working at multiple jurisdictional levels. Collective Impact was described in a 2011 paper in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

In 2016, we published a paper about how we use the principles of collective impact to manage the Phragmites Collaborative, titled: Applying the collective impact approach to address non-native species: a case study of the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative. 

The components of successful Collective Impact are as follows (image by United Way of Summit County):

How is the GLPC using Collective Impact?

Backbone Support
  • The GLPC has administrative support from a Core Team of Great Lakes Commission and USGS Great Lakes Science Center staff. The team manages this website, convenes workshops and meetings, and keeps GLPC initiatives in motion. A Steering Committee helps to support and guide the Core Team.
Continuous Communication
  • The GLPC maintains open lines of communication with a broad range of stakeholders via the Advisory Committee. This group  includes representatives from state, provincial and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers. The Advisory Committee meets bi-annually to share updates on ongoing work and discuss needs and opportunities.
  • The GLPC maintains contact with the Phragmites community via a listserv, this website, webinars, and other communication products.
Common Agenda
  • The GLPC convened a workshop in February of 2016 to begin development of a Common Agenda. First steps in this process included identifying key problem areas and creating draft objectives for the organization. These will be shared on this website once approved by the Advisory Committee.