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Tamarack Institute
The Tamarack Institute is a connected force for community change. We work with leaders in non-profits, governments, businesses and the community to make work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective. We do this by teaching and writing about collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community development, and evaluating community impact. We host two learning communities Cities Reducing Poverty and Cities Deepening Community turning theory into action.

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Evaluation Tools for Community Engagement Webinar

Community Engagement, Webinars & Videos, Evaluation

WEBINAR | In this webinar Tamarack's resident evaluation practitioner, Liz Weaver, shares some of her favourite tools for evaluating the impact...

Most Significant Change

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

TOOL | This tool will help guide you through the Most Significant Change process.  This technique is a form of participatory monitoring and...

Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop Webinar

Collective Impact, Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars & Videos, Evaluation

WEBINAR | In this webinar, Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj discuss Mark's paper Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop and...

Case Study: Calgary's Neighbourhood Strategy

Deepening Community, Neighbourhood Strategy

CASE STUDY | In this case study, you will find the process and details of This is My Neighbourhood, The City of Calgary's four-year pilot project,...

Lessons in Collaborating with the Enemy: Part Two

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Webinars & Videos

WEBINAR | Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasingly necessary. Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to...

Developing Evaluations That Are Used

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

TOOL | Evaluation findings, if used at all, are usually one piece of the decision making pie, not the whole pie. Rhetoric about "data-based...

The Eco-Cycle Mapping Tool

Collective Impact, Tools

TOOL | Community change efforts are dynamic and typically unfold according to four phases. From our own work in collaborative community change,...

Who do we want to engage? Tool

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is used to assist groups and/or communities to engage effectively and clarify their goals for engagement.

Gives and Gets Tool

Collective Impact, Deepening Community, Tools

To work effectively as a team, it is important that we understand and agree upon what we want to achieve together. The most powerful and authentic...

The Heart, Hand, Mind Tool

Collaborative Leadership, Tools

The Heart, Hand, Mind Tool is used to explore an issue or opportunity from multiple perspectives in order to reveal elements of significance.

The Story Spine

Collective Impact, tool

The Story Spine Tool uses the familiar elements of a story to provide a structured way to facilitate a deeper reflection and dialogue about an...

The Key Factor Mapping Tool & Worksheet

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Tools

The Key Factor Mapping Tool is used to develop a shared understanding of the factors that have the most impact on addressing a complex issue or...

Community Engagement workshopLearn about Tamarack's upcoming learning calendar

Interested in expanding your knowledge and capacity to tackle the community issues you're facing? Tamarack hosts a number of in-person workshops as well as free online webinars and communities of practice to help you meet this challenge.

Explore upcoming opportunities