“In Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives we focused on what these ‘rare birds’ could teach us about the characteristics of successful community collaboratives. For this follow-up article we went back to the 11 communities whose collaborations remained active and looked at their patterns of persistence and progress over the past three years. We wanted to know whether these communities continued to work together with this collaborative approach. And if so, did they keep improving outcomes?”
Seven years into an ambitious initiative to halve Milwaukee’s teen birth rate-once one of the highest in the nation-a collaborative of business, government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders faced a big choice. The 2014 teen birth data showed that it had surpassed its goal, with a 56 percent reduction since 2007.