Collective Impact and SA2020

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The commitment of a group of important actors from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to a common agenda has been termed collective impact by the Stanford Social Review. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities.

SA2020 has grown from being the home of San Antonio’s shared vision for the future into the backbone of meaningful collective impact, providing key services and coordination in the areas of Engagement, Alignment, and Accountability.

In May 2012, SA2020 contracted with the State Demographer of Texas and the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research to create baselines for and independently and transparently measure the metrics that reflect San Antonio’s momentum and progress in each of the 11 Causes. For the first time, our community’s forward progress towards increasing third grade reading and high school graduation rates, reducing obesity and diabetes, increasing energy and water conservation, and dozens of other indicators can be accessed in one place.

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By continuously collecting relevant data on these metrics, monitoring impact and publicly reporting change on our website, SA2020 enables every citizen to quickly identify in which areas the needle is moving fastest, and where more resources, focus and commitment are needed. We are enhancing our data collection, reporting and analysis infrastructure, giving us the capacity to mine the data for patterns and use the information to advise policy and decision-making. We are also verifying and publicizing community successes.