The Recovery Alliance Initiative understands that the issues surrounding SUD are complex and not easily solved. Recognizing the problem as such, we use the Collective Impact model. John Kania & Mark Kramer first introduced the concept of the collective impact model in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011 (Link below) and identified five key elements:
1) All participants have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
2) Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all the participants ensures shared measurement for alignment and accountability.
3) A plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant.
4) Open and continuous communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.
5) A backbone organisation(s) with staff and specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organisations and agencies.