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Foundations of Collective Impact

This online course is designed to help you learn at your own pace as you work on developing and implementing a successful Collective Impact initiative.

Welcome to Foundations of Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute's latest online course. Through this course, you'll be guided through reflective questions and exercises that will help you make the most of the course materials and content.

We want you to come away from this course with the practical tools, support, and confidence you need to successfully design and implement a Collective Impact initiative. 

Join Tamarack's Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Collective Impact, in this new online course designed to build a foundation of knowledge and practice for your collective impact work. 

CI Foundations Mod 1 Slides for Video

This course is available to use at your own pace over your six months of access, but you'll be learning alongside a diverse group of Tamarack Institute learners. Engage in comments and questions on the online platform, and join Sylvia for monthly small group coaching to get more personalized feedback and insight.

What Will I Learn?

The Foundations of Collective Impact course is divided into six main lessons:

MODULE ONE: Why Collective Impact?
This module will define Collective Impact and distinguish it from other forms of collaboration. It will also explain when Collective Impact might be the right approach and highlights 3 mindset shifts that are important to ensuring that Collective Impact initiatives reach their full potential.

MODULE TWO: The Essential Elements of Collective Impact
This module of the course will review and explain the essential elements of the Collective Impact framework – its 3 pre-conditions and 5 conditions – and what each contributes to the framework. We will also profile how the practice of Collective Impact is evolving and review the refinements introduced with Collective Impact 3.0.

MODULE THREE: The How Part 1 | Creating Your Common Agenda
This module takes a focused look at the Common Agenda condition of Collective Impact – what it is, and its role within a Collective Impact initiative. This module will introduce you to tools and resources to help you facilitate the development of a Common Agenda, along with stories and examples of their development process.

MODULE FOUR: The How Part 2 | Data, Shared Measurement and Continuous Learning
This module explores the use of data and shared measurement in the work of Collective Impact. Discover how data can be used to develop, and build consensus, in the creation of the Common Agenda. Also explore the important role that data and shared measurement play in measuring the progress and impact of a Collective Impact initiative.

MODULE FIVE: The How Part 3 | Building Your Backbone Infrastructure
The module of the course defines a Backbone within a Collective Impact Initiative and unpacks its role and function. Describing the process of Collaborative Governance and the role that the CI Initiative’s backbone plays in animating the work of collaborative governance as well as resources to support the implantation of collaborative governance and the work of the CI Backbone

MODULE SIX: Exploring the 5 Phases of Collective Impact
This module offers learners a big-picture overview of a Collective Impact Initiative through its 5 phases of maturity. There are 4 “pillars of success” that, together create a strong foundation – and are always areas of focus – in the work of Collective Impact. However, the work of each pillar changes over time. Understanding the 4 pillars of success AND how each unfolds across the 5 phases of a Collective Impact Initiative helps you to better anticipate, plan for, and ensure adequate resources to support your CI Initiative.

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Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change.

Sylvia completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems. An active volunteer in her community, Sylvia served as a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served for nine years on the Board of Community Living Dufferin where she was instrumental in securing $2.8 million in funding for CLD's shared home with Theatre Orangeville, the community's professional theatre company. Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean. In her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.

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Foundations of Collective Impact is hosted on Thinkific, an online learning platform. After registering for the course, you'll receive an email with your log-in details and a link to the course, where you'll find the course videos, materials, and workbook. If you have any questions regarding payment, please reach out to Isaac.

Small group coaching dates will be provided each month by email, and will also be posted on the course website.

You'll have access to the course and coaching calls for 6 months after enrolment.

Only one learner is able to access the course per account - please contact Isaac for group rates. 

Bring this online course to your organization!

We are able to build separate course platforms for organizations that wish to enrol their teams in the course, allowing you to share personalized questions and comments that are specific to your context. 

Contact Isaac for more information on how to bring this course to your organization.


Price: The registration rate (in Canadian dollars) is $249 per person with a group rate of $199 for groups of 3 and above.

The registration rate includes six (6) months of access to the online course platform course platform, the course workbook, and access to monthly small group coaching with Sylvia Cheuy, your course instructor. 

Group rates are available - please contact Isaac for more information.


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Online Course | Learn at Your Own Pace

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For questions regarding this course, reach out to courses@tamarackcommunity.ca
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Mikayla