Predicting Community Adoption of Collective Impact in the United States: A National Scan

  • Anne Marie Boyer (Creator)
  • Katherine R. Cooper (Creator)
  • Shaun M. Dougherty (Creator)
  • Rong Wang (Creator)
  • Michelle Dawn Shumate (Creator)



Collaborative governance research examines the role of individuals, organizations, and partnerships within a community to understand why particular interorganizational networks emerge. We take a different tact, arguing that communities adopt collaborative governance models based upon exposure to the models and the individual and organizational resources in a community. We conducted a web-based national-level scan of communities in the United States (N = 1,162) for the presence of one model of collaborative governance, education-focused collective impact. We found that spatial proximity, poverty rate, and individual resources each predicted the existence of collective impact in a U.S. county. Implications for collaborative governance research are drawn from the results.
Date made available2020
PublisherSAGE Journals

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