Collective impact is a co-design tool used for complex and entrenched problems. It uses a systematic approach and requires power and resource sharing. This paper describes how collective impact was applied to three research projects with Aboriginal communities, and explores how collective impact can enhance participation and outcomes in healthcare services and research.
The researchers adapted the collective impact model in three ways:
- replaced the precondition of ‘problems that are urgent’ with ‘problems that are complex and entrenched’;
- added to the ‘common agenda’ the requirement to establish a planned exit and long-term sustainability strategy from the outset; and
- added the delivery of a public policy outcome as a result of the collective impact process.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an important public policy priority that requires new and different approaches to service delivery and research. This study shows that a modified collective impact approach, named the 'Rambaldini model', is an effective tool for engagement and outcomes.