Evaluating Collective Impact: 6 Simple Rules

Resource Type: audio seminar | Speaker: Mark Cabaj
Mark Cabaj

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The concept of "Collective Impact" first coined by Kania and Kramer in 2011 has captured the imagination of would-be change makers who are eager to be more than the sum of their parts. There are examples of Collective Impact efforts across North America focusing on everything from nutrition, early childhood development, homelessness, poverty, and gang violence.

The dramatic expansion in the number and variety of collective impact initiatives has led to more and more people asking, "How do we evaluate collective impact efforts?" Thankfully, there are decades of work in assessing many other approaches to community change - and some promising emerging practices specifically focused on Collective Impact - upon which to build.

In this webinar, Mark Cabaj, Tamarack Thought Leader and Principal of Here to There, explores six simple rules for evaluating collective impact, the implications for practitioners, funders and evaluators, as well as examples of collective impact evaluation in action.

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Those who participated in the webinar were able to ask questions and share their own experiences. Listen to these questions and ideas below.

 Additional Resources

  • Learn more about Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Outcomes with Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver. This workshop will be held in Halifax, NS from June 2-4 and Winnipeg, MB from November 18-20, 2014.
  • View the Evaluating Collective Impact: Six Simple Rules Webinar Slides
  • Check out FSG's new Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact
  • Join our Evaluation Community of Practice for evaluation practitioners who want to connect, share, and learn about evaluation approaches and tools. Group members meet on a bi-monthly basis via conference call to learn from a guest speaker. Register for the Evaluation Community of Practice here.
  • Join our Collective Impact Practitioner Community of Practice for practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada.  Register for the Collective Impact community of practice here.

About the Speaker

Mark Cabaj - Mark Cabaj is an Associate of Tamarack and Vibrant Communities and President of the company From Here to There. Mark's current focus is on developing practical ways to assist groups to understand, plan and evaluate policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly focused on expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to evaluation which emphasizes learning and design thinking in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.