BC Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program Learning Series

This series supports BC Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program recipients to develop, revise and renew their community poverty reduction plans. Its four online and interactive modules will help registrants turn theory into practice, as they glean from Tamarack's 20+ years of expertise and from Cities Reducing Poverty members' vast on-the-ground experience. Registrants will learn how to action Tamarack's five interconnected practices across the diverse range of BC municipalities that have been funded through this provincial government granting program.

The BC Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program Learning Series includes training from four of Tamarack's top directors, support from an incredible network of peers, one-on-one mentoring from Managers of Cities, and access to a wealth of helpful case studies, tools, guides, and other resources.

Tamarack is offering this series free of charge to BC cities and communities. We do, however, ask that learners commit to attending all four sessions. In addition, from our experience, application of this curriculum to a local context is most effective when 1-3 people from the same community register and learn together.



Each of our four sessions will be closely tailored to the context of the BC Poverty Reduction and Planning program, including with respect to its requiring of a collaborative approach, and to its one-year timeline allowed for developing, revising and renewing community plans. 

To ensure relevance and responsiveness to the current poverty reduction climate in British Columbia, each module will consider three core questions:

  • How does the proposed approach differ from a traditional municipal approach, and what are the benefits of working in this new and collaborative way?

  • How we can adapt our approach to a COVID-19 world, particularly around meaningfully engaging people with lived/living experience?

  • How can we measure the success of our approach, so that at the close of the grant, we are confident that all voices were heard, and that our poverty reduction plan truly reflects local context and priorities?


Call Schedule

This series is comprised of four 1 hour online and interactive Zoom calls. Sessions will include training from Tamarack's expert coaches, case study presentations from Cities Reducing Poverty members, question and answer periods, and small-group discussions. Manager of Cities will be available to support registrants between calls.

  • Session 1 | Developing a Common Agenda and Writing a Poverty Reduction Plan | Paul Born | Tuesday September 29 | 10:00-11:00 am PT

  • Session 2 | Community Engagement for your Poverty Reduction Plan | Lisa Attygalle | Tuesday October 13 | 11:00-12:00 pm PT

  • Session 3 | Collaborative Governance and Leadership for your Poverty Reduction Plan | Liz Weaver | Tuesday October 27 |11:00-12:00 pm PT

  • Session 4 | Getting to Impact | Mark Cabaj | Tuesday November 10 | 11:00-12:00 pm PT


Sessions and Coaches

Module 1: Developing a Common Agenda and Writing a Poverty Reduction Plan

Coach: Paul Born, founder and Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

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This session will support learners to plan for and apply a common agenda approach to developing a community poverty reduction plan. This approach engages the whole community, leverages local assets, and brings people together to propose solutions. Participants will learn about the benefits of moving beyond traditional strategic planning processes to working collaboratively across four key sectors (government, business, non-profit and lived/living experience). As diverse partners bring varied perspectives, motivations and aspirations to the work, this approach builds buy-in from its onset, and sets a community up so that by the time their plan is launched, it is already being implemented by a wide range of partners. This session will support learners to visualize a 12-month roadmap to translating this learning into practice in their own communities.


Module 2: Community Engagement for your Poverty Reduction Plan

Coach: Lisa Attygalle, Consulting Director, Community Engagement


This module will provide ideas and examples of how learners can engage their communities in the development of their community plans, including with respect to leadership structures and community consultations. It will support members to shift from developing communications strategies to developing community engagement strategies. The session will apply a COVID-19 lens, particularly around meaningfully engaging people with lived/living experience of poverty in our new-normal where in-person consultations pose health challenges. It will support learners that plan to conduct Top 100 exercises and events, and that are looking to promote community ownership, build momentum, and raise awareness, buy-in and a community-wide drive to ending poverty.


Module 3: Collaborative Governance and Leadership for your Poverty Reduction Plan

Coach: Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute 

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COVID-19 has reminded us of the instability of social and economic contexts. Effective governance and leadership strategies can help mitigate the impact of change, maintain momentum, and build resilience. This session will support poverty reduction initiatives to develop collaborative governance structures, and to enhance the effectiveness of their leadership, data, listening, and action teams. Participants will access decision-making tools and techniques, gain understanding of why it is important to focus on both the people and the process, and learn to build adaptable, resilient, and impactful governance and leadership strategies. Learners should come to this session prepared to share success stories and challenges from their community.


Module 4: Getting to Impact

Coach: Mark Cabaj, President, Here to There Consulting Inc. (pre-recorded)

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This session will support learners to understand why evaluation is essential in the development of community poverty reduction plans, and to learn how to move from tracking activities and outputs to reporting on outcomes and impactIt will introduce the Getting to Impact framework which measures city-wide efforts under three categories: shifting awareness and will; nudging systems and policy; and projects, programs and services. The session will help registrants to prepare for a Year 1 Community Impact Report, through which they will be able to communicate their progress in a compelling way to a variety of stakeholders.

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