The Collective Impact Hong Kong

Business and non-profits are becoming more aware that addressing large-scale social issues such as poverty requires a multitude of skills and experience, and that no single organisation can solve these problems alone.

Based on this philosophy, the Collective Impact Hong Kong was convened in 2015. Their shared vision is to construct innovative and scalable parent and child educare programme(s) to address specific and systemic needs of low-income families through a whole family approach, with an aim to improve the future economic development of children, promote a stronger community and greater social integration.

The collective is formed by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund, the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Credit Suisse, the Peter Bennett Foundation and the Sprouts Foundation. 

To support the implementation, coordination and structure of their activities, PwC was engaged as programme manager.

What have we learnt?

The collective model is relatively new to China and Hong Kong. To help others interested in following a similar approach, we have identified some of the key lessons learnt which we believe lead to a successful collaboration.

  1. Trust your partners - being humble, respectful, and open is key to establishing trusted working relationships. It’s important for all partners to share a common vision and value each other’s opinions. 
  2. Learn from one another - the collective model allows us to share networks, resources and experiences. Learning from each other’s success and failures is critical in supporting efficient programme implementation.
  3. Understand the problem - before starting this journey; the collective conducted a baseline study to better understand the landscape of Hong Kong's early childhood educare service. This helped identify specific needs and service gaps, and set a baseline to measure future programme impacts.
  4. Coordinate your efforts - by working together; the collective identified synergies and efficiencies which may not have happened in the past. This meant we avoided duplicating efforts and could identify projects that reinforce our shared vision.
  5. Monitor your impacts - at the inception of each of our projects, we work to identify key performance indicators to help us track their success. Embedding regular learning and monitoring activities into our projects helps us be more flexible and responsive to potential issues we may face.

The relationship between the Collective Impact Hong Kong and PwC is a powerful example of what can be achieved when organisations work together and share a common vision. We hope that these lessons learnt are a valuable foundation for others searching to follow a similar approach. 

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Catherine Tsui

Associate Director, PwC Hong Kong

Tel: +[852] 2289 2566

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