How We Work
Our Collective Impact Process
Using the principles of Collective Impact, Prosper Waco has a defined process of analysis and action that is used in all sectors of its work.
In order to address challenges related to education, health, and financial security, Prosper Waco aids community organizations in understanding the particular “landscape” in each area of concern.
Landscape analysis makes obscure realities more visible by highlighting assets and deficits. Data reveals part of the landscape, but discussion among engaged partners plays a role, as well. Landscape analysis helps reveal where gaps exist and which community partners may play a role in addressing those gaps.
Goal Alignment is an outgrowth of the Landscape Analysis. Prosper Waco seeks to align its work with the key organizations related to specific challenges and key reports. This requires understanding of the varied organizational goals to determine the stakeholders in any effort and how their goals intersect.
Identifying Change Agents
As gaps are discovered and partners are identified, Prosper Waco asks this question: Is an organization available and willing to address the gap? When available and willing organizations are identified, PW works to support those organizations. If no organization is identified, PW works to incubate a community response.
Support and Expand Ongoing Efforts
When organizations are able and willing to address identified gaps, Prosper Waco pursues a two-step approach.
Support existing organizations by consulting with leaders, convening partners, starting new or strengthening existing working groups, and providing financial support as needed and available.
Expand existing organizations by helping them to expand their scope of work by consulting with leaders, convening partners, and providing financial support as needed and available.
Incubate New Efforts
When there is no organization to address identified gaps, Prosper Waco pursues an incubation process that involves PW providing staff to support implementation of new projects.
The goal is for PW to grow and launch such projects and initiatives that can become free-standing organizations or become part of an existing organization.