Since collective impact initiatives bring together organizations providing complementary (as well as similar) services, different types of shared measures must be developed.
Members engaging in the same activities will share the same benchmarks of success, but these will differ from the shared measurements of partners providing a different service. Getting the members of the collective impact initiative to agree on shared measurements, and finding common metrics that are at the same time representative of their distinct operations can be challenging.
This problem is further accentuated by the funding structure of social organizations, which often requires them to report to their grantors on specific dimensions that are difficult to align.
Successfully implementing shared measures of progress may therefore require not only a commitment from collaborators, but also from their funders to re-align funding requirements to reflect those of the initiative.