Champions for Change, Halifax 2016

Submitted by Devonkerslake on April 25, 2016 - 9:06am


Workshops Round 1 & 2– Wednesday, April 20, 2016



Workshops Round 1

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:45 am – 12:30 pm (1 hour and 45 minutes) 

Note about "Advanced Sessions":  The advanced sessions are geared for individuals and collaboratives that have been operational for more than one year.  These sessions will be interactive and have more of a dialogue focus drawing the expertise from the room.  

Evaluating Your Collective Impact Initiative: Veronica Borgonovi, Associate Director, FSG 

We are excited to share an approach that helps practitioners think about how to evaluate collective impact initiatives, and the role of shared measurement and continuous learning in doing so. In this session, we will share a framework for evaluating collective impact efforts at various stages of development, and think through how to use the framework to structure your evaluation. Learn how to effectively track both the progress and the outcomes of collective impact initiatives, and how evaluation can help you adapt along the way. 

Evaluating Collective Impact (Handout)

The Nuts and Bolts of Collective Impact and the Backbone Organization: Jennifer Splansky Juster, Director, Collective Impact Forum, FSG 

Designed for workshop participants who are newer to the collective impact concept and early in their initiative’s development, this session will review the basic concepts of the collective impact approach. We will review the five conditions of collective impact and discuss the structures that these initiatives use to engage a broad range of stakeholders. We will also provide practical advice for identifying who is best positioned to play the backbone role for an imitative, and how the backbone role can be structure so that it can guide the initiative to achieve impact. 

Community Engagement – The Backbone Role: Paul Born, President, Tamarack Institute

Community change efforts gain momentum and success when the whole community becomes engaged with moving forward on the common agenda. Backbone leadership is pivotal to the community engagement process.  Through discussion, grounded in participant experiences, different views on systems change, current trends undermining community engagement and the cost of disengagement will be explored. Working together and learning from each other, ideas and approaches for increasing the chances of implementing a successful, multi-phase community engagement process will be shared. 

Presentation Slides

Community Engagement Workbook (from Edmonton)

Collaborative Governance in Collective Impact:  Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute

One of the challenges of collective impact is agreement on governance and decision-making. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the unique governance challenges that multi-sector collaborative change efforts face including strategies to build trust, navigating the process-product tension and dealing with multiple levels of accountability. Different models and planning approaches to effective collaborative governance will be shared. Bring your governance questions and success strategies.

Presentation Slides: Collaborative Governance in Collective Impact

Collaborative Governance Resource


Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Sylvia Cheuy, Director, Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute 

Your CI Initiative has successfully engaged multiple stakeholders to create your common agenda.  Now what?  This workshop is for participants needing to move their common vision into implementation.  Resources, tools and case studies are shared that can support the development, refinement and continued stakeholder engagement around your Framework for Change.

Presentation Slides: Mutually Reinforcing Activities 

Common Agenda Framework

Developing A Framework for Change (Resource)

Mutually Reinforcing Activities (Worksheet)


Workshops Round 2

Wednesday, April 20, 2015 - 3:30 – 5:15 pm (1 hour and 45 minutes) 

Shared Measurement - Veronica Borgonovi, Associate Director, FSG 

It is a great enough challenge to get leaders from different sectors together in a room, let alone agree on shared measures to hold each other accountable for improving. This challenging work requires both a broad array of cross-sector partners with clear goals and an understanding of the current data landscape to create systemic change in a community.  This interactive session will include tips and tricks for developing shared measures and profile case studies for how collective impact efforts have used and learned from shared measures.

Collective Impact - The First 12 Months - Paul Born, President, Tamarack Institute 

The first 12 months of a collective impact strategy is a critical time of engagement, prototyping ideas, building a case for support, identifying key leaders and creating a structure that will achieve results. This workshop will present several case studies and share ideas based on years of experience in getting collective impact efforts started.

The first 12 Months Presentation Slides

Moving from Vision to Implementation (Advanced) - Jennifer Juster Splansky, Director, Collective Impact Forum, FSG 

Forming a steering committee and creating a common agenda is hard work. However, what happens after the vision has been agreed upon? How do you create an infrastructure that can make progress toward achieving the common agenda? In this workshop, learn about the structure for implementing collective impact; discuss considerations for which working groups to create to pursue the common agenda, and when to launch them; how to identify stakeholders best suited to serve on working groups; and, how working groups can succeed in their first six months.

The Nested Effect:  Aligning Multiple Backbones (Advanced) - Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute 

Increasingly communities are witnessing multiple collective impact initiatives emerge crossing a variety of complex issues.  This workshop will look at a nested approach to aligning multiple backbones in community change efforts.  It will also look at the distinct yet interconnected roles that local, state and provincial and national initiatives can lead on to ensure success.  

Presentation Slides: The Nested Effect


Building Board Readiness for Collective Impact - Sylvia Cheuy, Director, Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute 

Collective Impact offers organizations an opportunity to move beyond their existing programs to address complex, community issues by working together in new ways.  Building consensus around a common agenda and nurturing shared leadership are essential aspects of the work of CI backbones.  Effectively engaging non-profit partners, requires creating relationships of trust at both the staff and board levels.  This workshop will introduce and explore important considerations for building Board Readiness and share resources to make this important dimension of a Backbone’s role easier and more effective.

Presentation Slides: Building Board Readiness for Collective Impact

Stakeholder Wheel of Involvement

The Collaboration Spectrum (Worksheet)



Tool Carousel Round 1 & 2 – Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Tool Carousel - Round 1

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 1:30 – 3:15 pm (45 minutes) 

Note about the "Advanced Sessions":  These are geared for individuals and collaboratives that have been operational for more than one year.  These sessions will be interactive and have more of a dialogue focus drawing the expertise from the room.  


Finding Friends and Raising Resources to Sustain Impact - Collective impact initiatives are doing the very challenging work of building networks to both identify what practices really get results and create action plans to spread these practices across programs and systems in order to achieve greater impact. The inevitable crossroads they face is whether funders will actually shift their investments to focus on these shared outcomes. This session will explore examples from the field in which funders and other partners have aligned resources to achieve and sustain impact.

Friendraising Workbook

Friendraising Slides

The Eco-Cycle Approach to Community Change - Collective impact typically happens over five phases of work. The Eco-Cycle helps collective impact efforts navigate the dynamic tensions embedded in each of the phases. It also is useful to identify the traps which often prevent efforts from moving forward. This tool will help you map your collective impact effort and identify strategies for moving through the phases of community change. 

Presentation Slides: Eco-Cycle Tool


Working Well with Friends, Allies and Enemies – Collective Impact requires effective collaboration across multiple sectors.  Effective implementation of Collective Impact requires shared language and understanding from a diversity of perspectives.  This workshop will introduce frameworks and tools you can utilize to enhance your capacity to effectively engage and work across sectors.

Presentation Slides: Working Well with Friends, Allies and Enemies

Befriending the Nemesis (Tool)

Six Thinking Hats (Tool)


Effective Storytelling - Refine your storytelling skills to more effectively communicate the backbone’s unique story and value-add. Learn the key elements of a good story, with an approach adapted from nationally-recognized author and speaker, Andy Goodman. This session will provide an exercise and tools that can help your team start improving their storytelling skills in order to inspire your audience, from funders to stakeholders, and motivate them to action. 

Effective Storytelling


Tools Carousel – Round 2 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:30 – 3:15 pm (45 minutes) 


A How to Guide to Appreciative Inquiry - Appreciative Inquiry is a change management approach that allows groups to focus on identifying what is working well, analyze why it is working well, and use those insights to build on their strengths moving forward. This session will walk you through the process of running an appreciative inquiry exercise within the context of collective impact, and share some tips and tricks for maximizing its outcomes in your collective impact effort moving forward.

Appreciative Inquiry (Handout)


Influencing Policy Change – Policy change can be an elusive yet integral part of a collective impact effort.  Learn about the six key ways to recognize policy opportunities.  Participants will also discuss how to influence policy makers and share their experiences.  Finally, participants will learn how to evaluate policy change efforts in this tool session.  

Presentation Slides: Influencing Policy Change

Influencing Policy Change Resource 


Tools for Thinking Differently Together - Beyond the 3 pre-conditions and 5 conditions, Collective Impact offers an opportunity to find new solutions to our most intractable problems by thinking, and working, about them in new ways.  This tools session will introduce a number of simple tools that can be used to facilitate diverse groups to think differently – while retaining their ability to thinking together.

Presentation Slides: Tools for Thinking Differently Together

Empathy Map (Worksheet)

The TRIZ (Worksheet)



Additional Presentation Slides, Resources and Phases:

DAY 1: April 19 Presentation Slides

DAY 2: April 20 Presentation Slides

DAY 3: April 21 Presentation Slides

Collective Impact Principles of Practice, Launch from FSG



Photos about Phases

5 Phases of Collecive Impact

Phase 1, Phase 1-2Phase 1-3, Phase 1-4, Phase 1-5, Phase 1-6

Phase 2, Phase 2-2

Phase 4, Phase 4-2, Phase 4-3, Phase 4-4, Phase 4-5, Phase 4-6

Phase 5, Phase 5-2, Phase 5-3

Introduction to Collective Impact (webinar slides)

Collective Impact Progress Assessment

The Phases of Collaborative Change Resource


Recipe for Peanut Butter Energy Bites!