This 2-day workshop is designed to build your capacity to mobilize, launch and sustain Collective Impact Initiatives by providing you with theory, resources and opportunities to practice with – and learn from – your peers.
Collective Impact: Leading Theory to Action is specially designed for backbone staff and/or consultants and facilitators supporting Collective Impact efforts. Participants of this workshop will walk away with a solid foundation of Collective Impact and a Facilitation Toolkit to share back to their leadership tables and volunteer base to help take their Collective Impact initiative to the next level. As a bonus, participants will also be connected to a peer group of Collective Impact practitioners who are advancing the field and will be able to learn together at the workshop itself as well as after the workshop in a peer-led Community of Practice.
Bring your Collective Impact ideas, challenges, tools and resources. Over these two days of deep learning, we will build our Collective Impact learning capacity and benefit from the wisdom of the field.
Collective Impact is a disciplined approach to multi-sector collaboration and systems change that has proven to be highly effective at addressing an array of complex issues. The Collective Impact framework contains five core conditions including: the development of a common agenda; using shared measurement to understand progress; building on mutually reinforcing activities; engaging in continuous communications and providing a backbone to move the work forward.
Interest in Collective Impact has grown as communities eagerly search for new ways to address their most vexing issues. There is growing recognition that the answers we seek require us to move beyond programmatic solutions to include multi-sector efforts that emphasize systems change as well. Collective Impact offers a proven framework for getting there.
Tamarack is a Canadian leader in the theory and practice of Collective Impact and have identified it as one of five interconnected practices for effective community change. We are keen to nurture the growth of a robust network of Collective Impact practitioners and hope that you might be one of them.
This workshop is best suited to those who have experience in facilitation and are eager to master the essential task of nurturing leadership from across sectors to work collaboratively to generate new opportunities and solutions for addressing intractable issues such as homelessness, poverty, community well-being and youth achievement and success.
This workshop is for you if:
You are a community changemaker keen to achieve greater effectiveness and impact in your community change efforts
You are a community-builder or facilitator wanting to broaden your community change practice
You are involved in, or wanting to start, a collaboration focused on advancing change on a complex social and/or environmental issue
You are leading a Collective Impact effort and wanting to strengthen your own knowledge and skill putting the theory into action.
1. An overview of the 3 Pre-Conditions and 5 Conditions of Collective Impact and an introduction to specific resources designed to: identify and engage diverse groups of stakeholders to explore your CI opportunity; build consensus around a common agenda for change; and, establish backbone infrastructure.
2. An exploration of the five phases of Collective Impact and an appreciation of the unique characteristics that distinguish Collect Impact from other forms of collaboration
3. An introduction to the Collective Impact Principles of Practice – a set of guidelines generated by CI practitioners around the world – that nurture the conditions for successful multi-sector collaboration and systems change.
4. Consideration of Collaborative governance and the role of the Backbone Infrastructure in the developing and sustaining a robust CI effort.
A few highlights of the learning agenda include:
Engaging the wisdom of content and context experts
Embedding a systems lens and innovation orientation into your CI effort
Nurturing leadership and governance and the role of the Backbone
Building strategies for long-term sustainability and resilience
This workshop will be led by Tamarack's Director of Collective Impact, Sylvia Cheuy, and Co-CEO and Strategic Lead of Tamarack's Learning Centre, Liz Weaver.
Both Sylvia and Liz bring extensive experience and expertise to Collective Impact and are excited to be sharing this knowledge in a Train-the-Trainer session that will leave participants with the tools and resources they need to facilitate and accelerate impact at the local level.