Leading a Collective Impact Initiative
Essential Skills to Build a Backbone & Sustain a Movement for Change


September 19th, 26th & October 3rd, 2023 | 3-Part Virtual Workshop

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3.5 Hour Virtual Workshops
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Grow Your Capacity to Lead Collective Impact Initiatives

Join us for this new virtual workshop series to prepare you to host and lead creative Collective Impact initiatives. It is a proven framework for multi-sector collaboration that has been in use for more than a decade. Creating and sustaining an effective backbone infrastructure requires leaders and staff with the skills and capacity to engage a diversity of perspectives to create – and implement – a common agenda and implementation plan that is shared and owned by all. It is a key factor for success.

This three-part virtual workshop builds the capacity of Collective Impact backbone staff and leaders. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the theory AND practice of Collective Impact along with the necessary tools and resources to launch, lead, and sustain a successful Collective Impact effort.

The workshop’s highly interactive curriculum provides participants with opportunities to discover and apply proven approaches for developing and sustaining a Collective Impact initiative.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and challenges and leave this learning experience with a strengthened understanding, and new ideas, for how to effectively lead and facilitate a resilient Collective Impact initiative through the 5 phases of its maturity.  

Implementing the Collective Impact framework is NOT a recipe. Adapting it to your specific issue and the uniqueness of your community realities is a MUST that requires skill and artful leadership.  Invest in strengthening your own practice in leading, facilitating and sustaining your collective impact initiative as a catalyst to build a community-wide movement for change.


This learning opportunity is designed specifically for those who:

•    Play a leadership role in the development implementation or renewal of a Collective Impact Initiative
•    Staff a Collective Impact Backbone 
•    Facilitate or coach Collective Impact initiatives 
•    Require greater capacity to develop, lead and facilitate the implementation of Collective Impact Initiatives
•    Want to add additional tools and resources for translating Collective Impact initiative into action
•    Understand the fundamentals of the Collective Impact framework 


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Workshop Pre Learning


Three Virtual Workshop Sessions

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop

  • A 1-hour individual pre-learning exercise is designed to clarify your learning goals and identify the questions you hope to explore.  

Three 3.5-Hour Virtual Workshops

September 19th, 26th & October 3rd, 2023

  • Session 1: Explore five factors that make Collective Impact an approach particularly well-suited for disruptive times; cultivating shared ownership for your CI Initiative your Collective Impact initiative as a movement for change; exploring approaches and tools to moving aspirations into action through a Common Agenda. 

  • Session 2: Explore how to establish priorities within your Common Agenda and share examples and tools for effectively communicating about your work. We will discover the agreements and considerations to design a Collective Impact backbone that fosters collaborative leadership and governance.  

  • Session 3: Explore ways to effectively use data and shared measures to foster learning and refine, monitor and track the impact of your Collective Impact initiative.  Specific approaches for involving stakeholders in making sense of data will also be featured.  Participants will also consider the five phases of maturity for Collective Impact initiatives, how the work evolves over time, and how to plan for the long-term sustainability of your CI Initiative. .An opportunity for participants to give and receive advice and input about a current challenge in you work implementing your Collective Impact Initiative will also be included. 



Coaching Session

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners

  • A one-hour coaching session with fellow learners one month after the virtual workshop to further deepen and support your efforts to translate your learning into action.

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Single Registration

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Group Registration


CEP, CDC & CBYF Member Registration



Registration for this session is now open and limited to 70 learners to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance and after the event, all participants will receive an email to register for a follow-up coaching session one month after the event.


Registration includes pre-workshop learning and self-assessment, three (3) 3.5 hour virtual workshops, a one-hour small group coaching session with participants. It also includes membership into the Tamarack Institutes Learning community.

Post-workshop, participants will be invited to register for a post-event coaching session. At this interactive session, small groups of workshop participants will be encouraged to share their emerging questions and receive further support in translating the workshop’s learning into action.


Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Stephanie to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.


The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please reach out to Stephanie if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

Please contact Stephanie if you have any questions or concerns. 


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Meet Your Workshop Facilitator

Sylvia Cheuy Square

Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area.

She brings more than 20 years as a changemaker and champions of multi-sector, citizen-led change efforts and has practical knowledge and first-hand experience with designing and implementing a Collective Impact Initiative.. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.

 Sylvia is the author several articles and papers, including:How Field Catalysts Accelerate Collective Impact, a paper that she co-authored with colleagues Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj which was recently published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This article explores Tamarack’s four value-added contributions as a Field Catalyst to accelerate the systems change efforts of local Collective Impact initiatives.  She is a skilled and seasoned community change facilitator whose work has included designing and delivering capacity-building sessions, both in person and virtually, to clients across North America as well as in Singapore, New Zealand, the UK, and Singapore.

 Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean.