Collective Impact


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.

 About Collective Impact:

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. 

Common Agenda

The Advisory Committee with support from the Core Team released the following Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Common Agenda in fall 2020. The Common Agenda a shared understanding and an agreed-upon path for addressing invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin. The agenda sets goals, defines gaps and problem areas in management of Phragmites, and outlines the strategies collaborative members will use to fight invasive Phragmites.

What you can do to support the Common Agenda

We are calling upon the Phragmites Community to take action and help us make progress on the Common Agenda. There are some simple things that you can do:

  • Share relevant Phragmites management, research, and resources to the Collaborative community
  • Engage with other Phragmites managers and work collectively to manage Phragmites
  • Consider how your activities currently or could be adjusted to align with the member strategies
  • Reach out to the GLPC to discuss/explore how your work can contribute to the GLPC Common Agenda
  • Join the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (or PAMF)