Colorado Health Foundation

About this Project

In the fall of 2014, The Colorado Health Foundation’s board approved a multiyear commitment to support a collective impact initiative focused on transforming the health care delivery and payment reform in Colorado. The collective impact effort — named BC3, or Better Care, Better Costs, Better Colorado — worked to align partners across government, philanthropy, nonprofits, and business to accelerate achievement of the Triple Aim. A 15-member steering committee led BC3 activities.

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) evaluated the initiative on behalf of the foundation. The evaluation employed developmental and realist frameworks. These methods were selected because of the early-stage, complex, and dynamic nature of BC3’s collective impact work. With a focus on innovation and strategic learning, rather than outcomes, the evaluation examined BC3’s activities in context and provided real-time feedback to the BC3 steering committee and the foundation.

GHPC detailed both the group’s evolution and real-time trajectory through document review, key informant interviews, participation in site visits and meetings, and sensemaking exercises. The evaluation included an assessment of the initiative’s progress against the five pillars of collective impact: common agenda, shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support.

Meet the Researchers

Karen Minyard


Ph.D., Georgia State University
M.N., Medical College of Georgia
B.N., University of Virginia


Karen Minyard, Ph.D., has been director of the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including population health, health philanthropy, public and private health coverage, and the… more »

Glenn Landers

Research Assistant Professor, Director of Health Systems

Sc.D., Tulane University
M.H.A., M.B.A., Georgia State University
B.S., Syracuse University


Glenn Landers is an assistant research professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the director of health systems at GHPC. In his current portfolio, Landers leads the community health system development and long-term services and supports teams. He also plays a lead role in the center’s approaches to evaluation, collective impact,… more »

Jane Branscomb

Senior Research Associate

M.P.H., Emory University
B.E., Vanderbilt University


Jane Branscomb is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She is actively involved in policy analysis and evaluation in projects related to health promotion, public health planning, and health system transformation. She has a particular interest in high-leverage opportunities to advance health equity and remove barriers to health.

Branscomb leads the… more »