Norwalk ACTS is a Collective Impact partnership that brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. Collective Impact is rooted in the belief that no single entity alone can create large-scale, lasting social change.


Norwalk ACTS takes a systems change approach to problem solving. Like any system, the Norwalk community is made up of interrelated and interactive parts. The work of Norwalk ACTS is to take a bird’s-eye view of the system, understand the various system components, align and strengthen the connections between system parts, analyze data to evaluate how the system is operating to achieve equitable outcomes, and work with all the members of the system to operate more effectively and efficiently. We believe that all interrelated systems must work collaboratively to achieve the outcomes we seek. Systems change work is an intentional process designed to fundamentally alter the components and structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way.

Our theory of action for systems change includes:


Our cornerstones are embedded into each of our initiatives across the cradle to career continuum.

Here is an Example of Our Work: