New York State Health Foundation, Accenture
This paper addresses a prevailing view that a lack of coordination, collaboration, and collective purpose among veteran and military-family serving organizations—public, private, and nonprofit—poses a serious risk to long-term veteran and family well-being. The authors show that collective impact, an innovative approach to cross-sector collaboration on complex social problems, presents an opportunity for communities, in partnership with the VA, other government agencies, and private industry, to improve outcomes for veterans, transitioning service members, and their families. In addition, the paper outlines the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF) ongoing collective impact initiative, AmericaServes, and highlights preliminary outcomes from its first pilot network in New York City.
Human Resources Management
Collective impact, Veterans, Transitioning service members, Military families
Veteran reintegration; Veterans--Employment--United States
Strengthen partnerships and initiatives--Best practices, Strengthen partnerships and initiatives--Coalitions, Evaluate social impact and policy--Community capacity
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Employers; HR Hiring Managers
This work was prepared with the support of the New York State Health Foundaton and Accenture. The authors express their sincere appreciaton for the detailed and helpful comments by expert reviewers from government, industry, academia, philanthropy, and the nonproft sector on a previous draft of this paper.
Armstrong, Nicholas; McDonough, James D. Jr.; and Savage, Daniel, "Driving Community Impact: A Case for Local Evidence-Based Coordination in Veteran and Military Family Services and the AmericaServes Initiative" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 118.
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