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Key Elements of Collective Impact

Collaboration Instead of Competition

Kitsap Strong is the backbone agency working to create an environment in our community where agencies and schools are supported and rewarded for collaboration and innovation.

When each agency and school in a community views the “problem” (mental health issues, substance use, homelessness, criminal behavior, chronic disease, etc.) through their own perspective... we have isolated impact. 

Collective impact allows for the emergence of innovative ideas/solutions, when communities develop a common language, a shared understanding/perspective of the “problem”, and work together towards a shared goal. Effective collaboration requires strong relationships and a process for coming together & learning.

Common Agenda

Improve the well-being and educational attainment of Kitsap residents, through a focus on empowerment and equity, the prevention of ACEs and the building of resilience.

Shared Measurements

By 2025…

  • A 10% decrease in the proportion of Kitsap County residents reporting three or more ACEs

  • A 20% increase in the percentage of adults in Kitsap County who report feeling socially and emotionally supported

  • A 20% increase in the percentage of children in Kitsap County reporting they have someone to turn to when feeling sad or hopeless about the future

  • A 10% increase in the percentage of children in Kitsap County reporting they live in a home with good family management

  • A 50% increase in post-secondary completion (certificate or degree) for Kitsap and North Mason students, through a focus on reducing gaps in equity and opportunity for African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, low income, and special education students and young adults.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities
Kitsap Strong's mutually reinforcing activities are present in the following strategies and focus areas: 

  • Empowering school and life success through equitable opportunities

  • Building a culture of empathy, equity and connection

  • Sharing the latest brain science

  • Promoting nutrition and physical health

  • Neighbors supporting one another

Continuous Communication

Creating a process and environment in our community where agencies and schools can come together to discuss complex social issues - homelessness, intergenerational poverty, ACEs, mental health issues, substance use, criminal activity - and develop innovative solutions is hard work. We must all be patient while holding each other accountable.

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