Collective Impact Partner of the Month – Nazareth College


Employing a strategy of collective impact means more than collaboration. Collaboration happens when we meet together; collective impact is what we do when we return to our respective organizations. In a 2017 article published in the Democrat & Chronicle co-authored by Hank Rubin and Leonard Brock, they discuss how collective impact focuses on change inside partner organizations. It begins when we, as a community, agree to a set of shared outcomes, then individually, go back to our organizations and work with our staffs, boards, and volunteers to figure out what we – individually and organizationally – can best do to achieve those shared goals and then choose to make intentional changes to accomplish this. When each organization chooses to shift and align our work and priorities in this way, we accomplish collective impact.

On Tuesday, April 16th, Nazareth College gathered faculty, staff, students and community partners to talk about the intersection of Rochester’s collective impact work (through ROC the Future and RMAPI) to raise the awareness of shared outcomes at collective impact tables, identify unique and shared benefits for faculty, staff and students with colleges in intentional and aligned ways, explore alignment opportunities with additional curricular (i.e., service learning) and co-curricular (civic engagement) activities, and establish personal and initiative-specific action items promoting collective impact.

Earlier this week, Nazareth approved (and made official) a new inter-professional minor, Developing Child and Families, aligned to some of ROC the Future’s work with the Workforce Development Strategy Team. You can read more about the minor here.

Over the next year Nazareth will work to enroll undergraduates from across likely majors, such as Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Creative Arts Therapies, Social Work, Nursing and Public Health. They hope to engage those undergraduates with interests in working with young children and their families on whole child development, systems-level perspectives and programs and practices.

This is a great example of making change on the inside to impact communities on the outside.

Nazareth is our Collective Impact Partner of the Month!