Enhanced Community Impact Model©

The Enhanced Community Impact Model© (ECIM, shown above) was developed by the United Way of the Laurel Highlands (UWLH) in the course of building a civic infrastructure to systematically create positive social change addressing identified priority community needs. This is accomplished through coalition building, implementation of evidence-based programming to achieve desired outcomes, actionable strategies to fund programs to scale to meet the need, and commitment to sustainability and long-term change. All along the process, progress is tracked, measured, evaluated, and reported.

“Community” is broadly defined in the ECIM. The model was developed based on the experiences of the UWLH, with an implementation scope that spans two rural counties (combined population of approximately 217K). However, it is adaptable and scalable to a neighborhood, school district, city, county, region, or other definition of community.
The ECIM emphasizes objective group decision-making and actions aligned with outcome-based objectives. Critical to the ECIM success is a lead organization responsible for driving the overall scope of addressing the need to create the desired social change. As a facilitator, the lead organization helps to build community buy-in; provides an infrastructure to support program implementation, scale-up, and sustainability; monitors program fidelity; assesses and communicates outcomes; and collaboratively troubleshoots issues.
This model has been effectively used by the United Way of the Laurel Highlands as the foundation of "how" we accomplish our work within the communities of Cambria and Somerset Counties.