Collective Impact Assessment

Nicola Mares • 16 March 2020

The Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) is based on a Collective Impact approach, a framework developed to address complex social problems. It is a structured approach to collaborative work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and communities aimed at significant and sustainable social change. It is based on the notion that no single entity can achieve the paradigm shift necessary to facilitate the social and cultural change necessary to address the issue at the core of the initiative.

One of the key elements of a Collective Impact approach is the development of a sound measurement and evaluation framework and the ongoing and consistent collection of data and measurement of outcomes and impacts across all the participants to ensure alignment and accountability. In order to track the progress of the community energy sector in Australia, in this report the C4CE, supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has developed a monitoring and evaluation framework to provide valid and reliable metrics on sector progress. It is anticipated that this framework will then be integrated into a ‘shared measurement platform’ to communicate this data to stakeholders and decision makers.

The ongoing assessment of the performance and impact of the community energy sector will provide actionable data and recommendations for the implementation of the National Community Energy Strategy. The shared measurement of key indicators across the sector will allow C4CE to:

  1. Continuously improve data quality
  2. Track progress towards the intended outcomes and impact
  3. Enable coordination and collaboration across all stakeholders
  4. Learn and correct the strategic direction, actions and interventions
  5. Catalyse collective action amongst all key players.

Please click on the link below to download the report.

Australian Community Energy Sector Collective Impact Assessment.