Higher Ground is
Making collaboration Work
Higher Ground has adopted the Collective Impact Framework to give structure to our collaborative work. Collective Impact refers to a cross-sector strategy for large-scale social change and involves five conditions: common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. Higher Ground is the backbone and catalyst across a range of coalitions and issues identified by community members and school staff.
A Solution to Fragmented Service Delivery
Hubie Jones, Higher Ground founder
“In December 2008, I convened a meeting of nonprofit leaders in Roxbury and North Dorchester, elected political representatives, and foundation staff members, to talk about the crisis for many nonprofit organizations struggling with the Great Recession. We concluded that these distressed neighborhoods were resource rich and impact poor… and that this unacceptable condition was due to a fragmented service delivery system created by solo behavior keeping agencies from collaboration with each other.
Therefore, these agencies did not have enough power to achieve desperately needed positive outcomes for their clients. It was posited that one way out of this dilemma was to form an intermediary/backbone organization dedicated to forging collaboration between social agencies through the formation of strong partnerships. It was believed that such action would create greater social cohesion in the community and build a stronger social fabric. Essentially, the community needed to use a new organizational paradigm. Hence, Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc. was incorporated in 2010.”
The Need for A New Approach
We ask what’s needed and figure out how we can we bring folks together to get those needs met.