A collective impact approach calls for a community-wide effort to bring together different sectors to solve large, complex and systemic problems.

Successful collective impact initiatives focus on conditions that help produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared data and measurements, a continuous improvement framework, structured and open communication and backbone support.

DEAN staff engage as the initiative’s core support to help participating organizations shift from acting alone to acting in concert. By bringing stakeholders together, focusing on specific problems, sharing data and measurement, and identifying areas of overlap, DEAN helps organizations align their efforts around a common goal: to prepare Denver students for the jobs Colorado’s economy demands and help students access a successful future.

Illustration of how Collective Impact aligns individuals with the common goal.


Lumina Foundation
Denver Education Attainment Network is part of the Lumina Foundation’s 75-region Community Partnership for Attainment network. The Community Partnership for Attainment is devoted to improving postsecondary attainment, and is organized around three pillars: partnership health, equity and attainment.
Michigan College Access Network
Michigan College Access Network is a leader of the state’s college access movement. The Michigan College Access Network provides resources, programs and professional development services to help strengthen like-minded and missioned aligned college access and success initiatives.