Collective Impact in Action: the Hilton Prize Coalition Collaborative Models Program

Through its Collaborative Models Program, the Hilton Prize Coalition is committed to harnessing the power of its structure and the expertise of its members to strengthen organizations and build community resiliency. Catalytic funds allow the Collaborative Models Program to convene organizations around shared topics of interest, prioritizing collaboration as a means to achieve participants’ respective goals.

In 2016, the Coalition launched 5 pilot projects that currently involve 9 Coalition member organizations. Take a look at the projects below, and stay tuned to learn more about these initiatives as they evolve.

Trauma Informed Care Models

  • Co-Lead Organizations: Casa Alianza/Covenant House and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

Covenant House, in partnership with IRCT, will develop a comprehensive set of presentation slides and printed materials in Spanish on issues related to trauma informed care. These materials will be used as training and reference resources that will assist mental health workers and specialists to better understand the effects of trauma, to create a conceptual map of how to approach traumatized youth, and to further integrate these leading edge principles into social services for youth in crisis. IRCT will lend its expertise in action-based research, knowledge-sharing processes, and survivor engagement to further substantiate the model.

In December 2016, representatives of Casa Alianza/Covenant House and IRCT convened for an open meeting around the Trauma Informed Care Models pilot project at the IRCT 10th International Scientific Symposium in Mexico City, Mexico. Participants discussed therapeutic approaches, shared experiences, and explored opportunities to support one another in their respective work.

(Closing Session of IRCT Symposium; photo credit: Gerardo Arriaga)

Train-the-Trainer Life Support Certification

  • Lead Organization: Operation Smile; Contributing Organization: HelpAge International

Operation Smile will conduct an AHA (American Heart Association) Basic Life Support (BLS) training for Hilton Prize Coalition members and potential refugee population care providers based in Amman, Jordan, in March 2017. The objective of this project is to build regional healthcare capacity in the face of disaster situations. This train-the-trainer model is vital for the large number of aid organizations who serve refugee populations from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine with limited funds and little or no access to shared resources.

The curriculum for this training will be supplemented by components and/or modules contributed by HelpAge International, with a lens on elderly populations.

Monitoring & Evaluation Capacity Building

  • Lead Organization: PATH; Participating Organizations: BRAC, Clubhouse International, Casa Alianza/Covenant House, HelpAge International, Landesa

PATH has been engaged to conduct an assessment in the form of a competency-based monitoring and evaluation self-assessment survey. The purpose of the survey is twofold: First, the survey will inform the Coalition’s M&E capacity building strategy, and second, it will help to identify opportunities to leverage the strengths of Coalition members in future capacity building work.

Collaborative Issue Brief

  • Lead Organization: Landesa; Contributing Organization: BRAC

Landesa is leading the desk research for and writing of a collaborative issue brief on land and climate change, with a specific focus on slow onset displacement due to drought. The brief will highlight sub-Saharan Africa country case studies by BRAC and will present best practices. Through this brief, the Coalition seeks to bring attention to the critical issues of climate change, refugees, and land tenure rights.

Stay tuned for a social media campaign around the publication of this issue brief in March 2017.

Collaboration Coordinator

  • Sumnima Shrestha, Community Resource and Mobilization Manager at Heifer International Nepal, serves as the Coalition’s Collaboration Coordinator in Nepal. 

The position creates a mechanism for collaboration and establishes a foundation on which to build broader partnerships in years to come. The Coalition will replicate this model, beginning in the UK, with Collaboration Coordinators around the globe focused on identifying program synergies, cultivating a network and building the partnership approach within Coalition member organizations.

(Sumnima arranged a meeting for the representatives from 6 Coalition member organizations to meet in Kathmandu and discuss ongoing collaborative efforts with regard to upcoming events, disaster preparedness/response, and capacity building in the field)



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