Place-based approaches can exist on a continuum, from small, low intensity approaches with a specific focus, through to high level integrated place-based collective impact initiatives. Place-based approaches range in terms of the scope of the focus of the approach, the level of complexity of the issues they seek to address, the breadth of stakeholders involved, and the length of time and resourcing required. However, the features and principles of place-based approaches should be included at all levels.

The continnuum is illustrated in concentric circles joining at the base with community readiness and laying the foundations. From there the layers of circles reach out. The first illustrating intensity of changes being scope of focus, length of time, breadth of stakeholders, level of resourcing. The remaining circles moving away from the base and centre are low intensity, medium intensity and high intensity.

We have represented the continuum in this tab format looking each individual feature and how it looks with the continuum of approaches.  To see this information laid out in a table download the printable version at the bottom of this page.

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Backbone supports or containers for change are key structures in collective impact initiatives. They facilitate the process of building shared vision and implementing shared plans. A backbone organisation might be an independent organisation with dedicated resources to support a place-based or collective impact initiative, whereas backbone support and containers for change might include roles embedded within other organisations, or where various functions of the backbone support move between people and organisations at different times.


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