Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Community Investments Vol 26, Issue 1
Embracing a Collective Action Approach to Community Development

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Spring 2014

Community Investments

Realizing that disconnected silo-based efforts cannot effectively address these interrelated conditions on their own, innovators within the community development field have increasingly experimented with a different approach that speaks to linked community challenges. In this emerging approach, professionals from different but related community development sectors work together in a multi-sector coalition toward a common goal with an aim to holistically improve conditions for a group of people, neighborhood, or region. This approach is referred to as cross-sector community development, collective action, systems-level change, or collective impact, among other names.

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