Teaching Collective Impact Initiatives: A Case Study of 15th Night Serving Unhoused Youth


  • Dyana P. Mason University of Oregon
  • Jon Ruiz
  • Megan Shultz




collective impact, nonprofit, management


Collective impact initiatives have attracted considerable attention of both scholars and practitioners.  Often defined as cross-sectoral collaborations, they seek to address social problems in communities and generate long-term impact.  This teaching case provides a literature review on collective impact initiatives, and its critics, and a case study developed with community partners of one collective impact initiative --  a collaboration serving young people experiencing homelessness. The paper ends with a list of discussion questions and suggested activities and assignments instructors may find useful in the classroom.



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