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


January 18, 25 & February 1, 2022| Virtual Workshop


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Grow Your Capacity to

Lead Collective Impact Initiatives


The practice of Collective Impact launched a decade ago. Since then, much has been learned about how to successfully launch and lead this disciplined form of multi-sector collaboration. One key to success is the ability to build and sustain an effective backbone infrastructure that includes leaders and staff with the skill and capacity to engage a diversity of perspectives with the will to create – and implement – a common agenda and implementation plan to address their shared issue.


This three-part virtual workshop is designed specifically to build the capacity of Collective Impact backbone staff and leaders. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of how to translate the theory of Collective Impact into practice and have access to tools and resources to create and lead successful Collective Impact efforts.  


The workshop's curriculum provides opportunities to discover and apply proven approaches to develop and sustain Collective Impact initiatives.  Participants will have opportunities to share their own experiences and challenges and will leave this learning experience with greater capacity to effectively lead and facilitate a Collective Impact initiative through the 5 phases of maturity.  


Anyone with experience implementing Collective Impact knows that the framework is NOT a recipe. Learning how to adapt Collective Impact to your specific issue and the uniqueness of your community requires skill and artful leadership. Adapting your CI initiative in response to emerging opportunities and challenges is a necessary capacity to effectively lead this work.  Join us and invest in strengthening your own capacity to lead, facilitate and sustain your collective impact initiative as a catalyst to create a community-wide movement for change.




Workshop Pre Learning


Virtual Session #1

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop

  • Prepare you for the content within the workshop
  • Identify the questions you hope to explore
  • Clarify your learning goals

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop

January 18th, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

  • Understand the 3 mindset shifts of Collective Impact 
  • Cultivate shared ownership in your Collective Impact Initiative 
  • Move ideas into action with a Common Agenda 


Virtual Session #2


Virtual Session #3

3.5-Hour Virtual Workshop

January 25, 2022 | 1:00pm-4:30pm ET

  • Identify and prioritize opportunities for action within your Common Agenda 
  • Create a backbone that fosters collaborative governance and leadership
  • Explore emerging questions and insights about translating this learning into action. 

3.5- Hour Virtual Workshop

February 1, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

    • Discover how data and shared measurement can inform and monitor the impact of your Collective Impact initiative. 
    • Learn how to plan for the long-term sustainability of your Collective Impact
    • Receive peer advice and insight for navigating your current Collective Impact implementation challenges


Coaching Session

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners


  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content
  • Receive personalized support to translate your knowledge into action

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed specifically for individuals who:

  •   Lead the development and implementation of a Collective Impact Initiative

    •  Staff a Collective Impact Backbone

    •  Facilitate or coach Collective Impact initiatives

      Want to develop a greater capacity to facilitate the implementation of Collective Impact Initiatives

    •  Need additional tools and resources to translate Collective Impact into action

      Understand the fundamentals of the Collective Impact framework

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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 60 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 package, Three 3.5 hour virtual workshops, a one-hour small group coaching session with participants and membership into Tamarack Institutes Learning community. It also includes membership into Tamarack Institutes Learning community and access to Tamarack's Collective Impact Implementation Tool Kit. 

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 Isaac to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.


We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the 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 Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

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Meet Your Workshop Facilitator


Sylvia is a Consulting Director with the Tamarack Institute’s Learning Centre. She has both practical knowledge and first-hand experience in implementing Collective Impact initiatives and what it takes to mobilize diverse sectors to work together to find innovative solutions to transform their community’s aspirational vision for the future into reality.

Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. Her work with HCIA was published as a chapter entitled, A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being published in the Handbook of Community Well-Being Research. Sylvia completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.

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Dive Deeper into Collective Impact 

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Collective Impact 3.0


As part of our Community Change Series 2016, Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver put forward fresh thinking around five ways to build the next iteration of the Collective Impact Framework with this publication.


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Evolving the Practice of Collective Impact


This paper profiles key milestones in the evolution of Collective Impact and explores examples at the neighbourhood, regional, and national levels.