Small-Group Discussion | Collective Impact Models

Following the breakfast presentation on “Youth Outdoors: A Collective Impact Model”, participants will have conversations at their tables (8-10 people) reflecting on the topic per the following.


  • To explore the collective impact model as a potential approach for creating a framework for improved partnerships between outdoor recreation, conservation, and youth engagement more generally; and
  • As a starting point, articulate a shared common goal that would underline a common agenda.

Rational: The collective impact model provides a valuable framework for addressing complex challenges that require actors from multiple sectors to work together toward solutions. At this point in the morning, SHIFT participants will have heard about how this model is being applied to Youth Outdoors and the work already underway to define a common agenda, develop a set of metrics, identify mutually reinforcing activities, support strong communication, and identify a solid backbone organization.

What will not yet be clear is whether there is an opportunity to apply the collective impact model to the broader challenge SHIFT seeks to address: bringing outdoor recreation and conservation together to work collectively on behalf of the places we love. During this small group session, participants will explore the opportunities for a collective impact model that addressed this broader shared objective.

Recognizing that a successful collective impact effort will require significant investment and time in order to be done well, SHIFT participants will use the final 30 minutes of the Friday morning session as a starting point in exploring the model’s feasibility and to work in small groups toward setting a common goal.

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