Collective impact and common goals: Planned vs. emergent networks as tools for leveraging community outcomes

Project: Research project

Project Details


Collective impact is a popular form of collaboration in which partners representing different sectors rally around a common goal, such as improving educational outcomes. However, despite the popularity of these approaches, the collective impact structure has not been validated as a strategy for achieving outcomes. This research builds on current and proposed NNSI research by exploring the role of social networks in diffusing information about – and making progress towards – a common goal. This research proposes a comparative case study of social networks to explore whether the presence of a common goal makes a difference for its residents.
Effective start/end date8/15/168/14/20


  • Army Research Office (W911NF-16-1-0464)


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