The Model
Prosper Waco is a collective impact initiative focused on addressing issues facing the Greater Waco community in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Security. Collective impact is an approach to addressing complex social problems through a focused, collaborative effort that is facilitated and guided by a dedicated organization called a “backbone.” Prosper Waco has been guided by the work of FSG, a consulting firm focused on social impact that is leading the national collective impact movement. FSG’s pioneering work on collective impact outlines five conditions necessary for a successful collective impact effort:

Common Agenda

Community partners have a shared vision for change, including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed-upon actions

Shared Measurements

Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action

Continuous Communication

Consistent and open communication is needed across the many stakeholders to build trust, assure mutual objectives, appreciate common motivation, and celebrate success

Backbone Organization Support

The backbone organization supports the initiative partners through ongoing facilitation, technology and communication support, data collection and reporting, and administrative details of the initiative

Collective Impact

See below for an illustration of how this initiative is built. Click to learn more information about the roles that various stakeholders play:

common agenda

The common agenda allows for all participants to have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

backbone

The Prosper Waco backbone organization is a separate organization that supports the initiative partners through ongoing facilitation, technology and communication support, data collection and reporting, and administrative details of the initiative.

continuous communication

Continuous communication provides consistent and open communication across the many stakeholders involved in achieving the goals of the initiative.

board of directors

The Prosper Waco Board of Directors is comprised of cross-sector leaders and community members who provide governance and vision for the Prosper Waco initiative.

leadership council

The initiative’s Leadership Council includes educators, healthcare providers, business leaders, community members, local government representatives, and funders who establish and review the initiative goals, work to apply their diverse perspectives to the issues at hand, and support the efforts of the initiative Working Groups.

implementing partners

The initiative's implementing partners (including nonprofits, healthcare providers, local government, businesses, and others) use the initiative’s goals to drive their thinking about how they can leverage their resources and programs to help achieve measurable outcomes. The Prosper Waco backbone convenes Working Groups of implementing partners to build collaborative strategies for achieving the measurable goals.

community members

Prosper Waco is an initiative of, by, and for the residents of Greater Waco. Community members contribute to the initiative through the Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and Working Groups. The Prosper Waco Community Engagement Council, a group of community members from East, North and South Waco, and neighborhood-based Working Groups meet on a regular basis to develop strategies for making the initiative accessible to community members in the highest-need neighborhoods in Waco.

common agenda

The common agenda allows for all participants to have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

backbone

The Prosper Waco backbone organization is a separate organization that supports the initiative partners through ongoing facilitation, technology and communication support, data collection and reporting, and administrative details of the initiative.

continuous communication

Continuous communication provides consistent and open communication across the many stakeholders involved in achieving the goals of the initiative.

board of directors

The Prosper Waco Board of Directors is comprised of cross-sector leaders and community members who provide governance and vision for the Prosper Waco initiative.

leadership council

The initiative’s Leadership Council includes educators, healthcare providers, business leaders, community members, local government representatives, and funders who establish and review the initiative goals, work to apply their diverse perspectives to the issues at hand, and support the efforts of the initiative Working Groups.

implementing partners

The initiative's implementing partners (including nonprofits, healthcare providers, local government, businesses, and others) use the initiative’s goals to drive their thinking about how they can leverage their resources and programs to help achieve measurable outcomes. The Prosper Waco backbone convenes Working Groups of implementing partners to build collaborative strategies for achieving the measurable goals.

community members

Prosper Waco is an initiative of, by, and for the residents of Greater Waco. Community members contribute to the initiative through the Board of Directors, Leadership Council, and Working Groups. The Prosper Waco Community Engagement Council, a group of community members from East, North and South Waco, and neighborhood-based Working Groups meet on a regular basis to develop strategies for making the initiative accessible to community members in the highest-need neighborhoods in Waco.

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