Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.

RRP is working on a new initiative called the Community Connection Collective, to improve the state infrastructure for welcoming and resettling refugees in Arizona.  RRP is convening an effort to bring together compatible organizations that wish to join in an alliance toward this end.  This project aspires to center the lived experiences of people arriving in Arizona as refugees as the primary change agents in their resettlement process through improving the way information and resources are shared collectively and defining common goals and related activities that increase social inclusion and empowerment of the people most impacted by resettlement.  RRP will aim to engage up to ten organizations in the first phase of the project and anticipates building on the initial work throughout 2020 and beyond.

  • October 2020

    This monthly meeting included nine out of the 11 Cohort Organizations. This meeting  we went over the topics discussed and reviewed in the September monthly meeting. The goals of this meeting was to educate the cohort on the federal guidelines which shape the refugee resettlement process in Arizona. This is to establish a baseline for further collective problem solving in order to address current  gaps and challenges within the refugee resettlement community. 

  • September 2020

    Due to COVID-19 the Year Two grounding sessions with the Community Connection Collective Cohort was postponed due to the needs and impact of the pandemic. The Year Two Kick off meeting was held in September with ten out of the 11 Cohort Organizations. The objective of this meeting was to have the cohort meet one another,  develop Guiding Questions in order to maintain the CI Principles, reground in the goals of this initiative, and go over the next steps for the year. 

    The Year Two goals are:

    • Engage community organizations in CCC Cohort to identify and work to address gaps in the refugee resettlement structure.
    • Educate the Cohort on resettlement from the federal level down to local resettlement in Arizona.
    • Collectively develop a goal to work towards accomplishing and vision for how to do so.
    • Maintain CI principles throughout our steps towards closing the gaps and finding new metrics of success within resettlement.
  • June 2019 - June 2020

    For Year One of the Community Connection Collective (CCC) Initiative the goal was to coordinate diverse efforts and resources in order to positively improve refugee resettlement here in Arizona. This was done through developing the grounding of this project with the Collective Impact principles and an Equity and Inclusion framework. RRP also completed internal Equity and Inclusion training through Indigo Arizona. A cohort was also developed within the first year. A cohort of 11 various organizations combined of Resettlement Agencies, Ethnic Community-based Organizations, other Community Organizations, and Faith-based Organizations. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to begin grounding sessions with the Cohort as planned. However, the goal is to begin virtual meetings in Year Two. 

    Collective Impact Principles:

    1. Having a common agenda
    2. Shared measurements of success
    3. Mutually reinforcing activities that capitalize on particular organizations’ strengths
    4. Continuous communication
    5. A backbone organization working to support the effort and synthesize findings

    Importance of a CCC Cohort:

    • Be an agent of change in revitalizing refugee resettlement in Arizona.
    • Co-create a system that addresses the existing and emerging trends in resettlement.
    • Co-design a statewide effort to expand the network of mutually supportive partners. 
    • Grow a community of trust that values the lived experience of refugees as change agents.
    • Build relationships with external experts, funders, and consultants to advance your work.
  • Meaningful Language Access Webinar (6/29)

    Meaningful Language Access


    Explore the history of language access as a codified civil right and the current federal policies that are guiding meaningful access.

    The Arizona State Refugee Resettlement Program and Indigo Arizona co-hosted a webinar on meaningful language access. Many refugee clients continually face challenges, barriers, and even discrimination due to language access. Being able to identify important policies that impact language access will allow us to better advocate and educate our refugee clients and partners. To see the powerpoint presented at this webinar and learn more, click here!

  • Personalities Test

    Every person takes a different approach to how they lead, learn, and work together with other people. To learn more about how those traits and more play out in your life, click here to take the 16 Personalities Test!