A common agenda is critical to a developing partnership. The common agenda serves to chart a course for the partnership and helps keep the partnership on course to achieving their goals. 

The common agenda is designed from the shared vision and mission of the partnership. From the initial shared vision and mission, organizational members identify contributing factors to the success of the mission. These can be reactive and proactive measures, they are ideally backed by data that support positive outcomes for implementation of the measures but can take an innovative approach. 

An agenda is an outline for the organization. These are the big ideas that will drive the partnership. For example, a partnership with a mission to improve health outcomes will have key areas that are research-based and known to impact health outcomes such as, physical activity, healthy eating, and supportive health care. (forum, n.d.) These key factors are known to impact the health outcomes of a population. Within these key factors, groups identify specific and measurable goals and subsequently identify specific projects that will advance the initiative within those key factors. This framework driven approach ensures that the partnership remains focused on the mission of the organization, it prevents repeated action and drives the organization closer to achieving the mission objective.

Collective Impact in Practice

Common vision statements include focus areas and additional clarifying statements that provide insight into the overall vision and mission of the organization. The infographic below shows some of the shared vision statements developed by organizations to guide their collective impact. These statements serve as a tool to guide the collective impact.

Developing a Common Agenda by lorrea.hall


Forum, C. I. (n.d.). Resources. Retrieved October 26, 2019, from (Links to an external site.)