About Collective Impact

​The Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH) follows a collective impact model to accomplish its work to convene stakeholders around improving the children's mental health system and access to treatment.

Collective impact is the commitment of a group of people from different sectors that come together around a common agenda to solve a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.  ​

There are five characteristics of collective impact:

  • Common Agenda – Keeps all parties moving towards the same goal
  • Common Progress Measures – Measures that get to the true outcome.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities – Each expertise is leverage as part of the overall.
  • Continuous Communications – Allows a culture of collaboration.
  • Backbone Organization – Takes on the role of managing collaboration.


OCMH serves as the backbone for our collective impact work.


 We have five collective impact teams:


Each team is grounded in the OCMH collective impact Values and Vision:

  • Values
    • Collaborative across systems
    • Data driven
    • Family and youth guided
    • ​Promote inclusivity and equity among all stakeholders.
  • Vision – Wisconsin's children are safe, nurtured and supported to achieve their optimal mental health and well-being. Systems are family-friendly, easy to navigate, equitable, and inclusive of all people.