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

Anne Marie Boyer, Katherine R. Cooper, Shaun M. Dougherty, Rong Wang, Michelle Shumate*

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • collaborative governance
  • collective impact
  • cross-sector collaboration
  • education
  • social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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