The Role of the Backbone
The Prosper Waco initiative utilizes the collective impact model, which includes a “backbone” organization to bring together cross-sector partners, facilitate communication and strategy, and support the collaborative work of partner organizations.
The backbone fosters collaborative action among many partner organizations, including:
The Prosper Waco backbone is the community’s “dot connector.” The backbone convenes partner organizations to collaboratively build and implement strategic solutions to the goals of the community-wide initiative.
The backbone also provides support to all sectors involved in the initiative, such as tracking data outcomes, connecting organizations to potential partners and funding sources, bridging conversations across the initiative’s three impact areas, and communicating the work of the partners at the table.