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Wilson Forward is a collective impact initiative focused on addressing issues facing Wilson County in the areas of Education, Health and Wellness, and Workforce Development. Collective impact is an approach to addressing complex social problems through a focused,

collaborative effort that is facilitated and guided by a dedicated organization called a “backbone.” Wilson Forward has been guided by the work of organizations across the country, including the Collective Impact Forum, a initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions which are focused on social impact that are leading the national collective impact movement. Theses organizations pioneering work on collective impact outlines five conditions necessary for a successful collective impact effort:


The backbone organization supports the initiative partners through ongoing facilitation, technology and communication support, data collection and reporting, and administrative details of the initiative

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