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GUIDE | Building Your Case For A...

Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community, Neighbourhoods, Guides

Every city builds neighbourhoods with sidewalks, roads, houses, parks and arenas. Municipalities across Canada are realizing...

Annotated Bibliography: Emergency...

Emergency Preparedness, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

This annotated bibliography is a list of tools, articles, case studies and books compiled to assist you in your Emergency...

WEBINAR | Applying Principles-Focused...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change, Community Change Festival

Many social innovators and leading edge evaluators are embracing the ideas and practice of Principles-Focused Evaluation...

WEBINAR | Bridging the Gap: Repairing...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Community Change Festival

Most of us recognize the need for and importance of engaging the communities we serve. Working to uphold the slogan, “nothing...

TOOL | Hosting a Citizen Jury

Community Engagement, Tools

A Citizens’ Jury is an innovative means of involving everyday people in decision-making about complex problems, which are...

WEBINAR | Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty: A...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty

In just two years, 24,813 central Iowans have become financially self-sufficient in a growing community where 1 in 4...

WEBINAR | Overcoming Power and...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change, Community Change Festival

As a community changemaker, have you ever stopped to wonder where the power lies in your project? What are you trying to...

TOOL | Capturing Results Worksheet

Community Engagement, Tools, Evaluation

Capturing and sharing your progress is key to building and sustaining momentum. Intentionally capturing results will help you...

CASE STUDY | Four Phases of Poverty...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Cities Reducing Poverty has identified that successful poverty reduction efforts progress through four key phases and share...

CASE STUDY | Toronto's Lived Experience...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) advises the implementation and evaluation of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, ...

WEBINAR | Building Inclusive Communities

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

Loneliness and polarization are two growing threats to our society. Although these problems are different from one another,...

SUMMARY | A Collection of Neighbourhood...

Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Vibrant Communities, Cities Deepening Community (CDC) is a network of people who are partnering with Tamarack Institute to...

WEBINAR | Principles and Practices of...

Webinars and Videos, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) emphasizes strengths, connections, citizen leadership and recognizes that individual...

CASE STUDY | Becoming an Asset Based...

Case Studies, ABCD, Neighbourhoods

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a theory that looks at the gifts and assets of people that exist within a...

CASE STUDY | Evaluating Hamilton’s...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Evaluation, Cities Deepening Community

The City of Hamilton celebrated their Neighbourhood Action Strategy’s first seven years by doing an in-depth evaluation of the...

BROCHURE | Vibrant Communities - Cities...

Membership, Brochure, Cities Deepening Community

Vibrant Communities – Cities Deepening Community has been working with communities and organizations across Canada and the...

WEBINAR | The End of Working Poverty:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

Across the country, over a million families struggle to make ends meet despite working one, two or sometimes even three jobs...

WEBINAR | Caring Counts: A Celebration...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, Natural Caring

Natural caring is love in action. A caring relationship is the fundamental ingredient of democracy. Without it society could...

WEBINAR | The End of Working Poverty:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

Across the country, over a million families struggle to make ends meet despite working one, two or sometimes even three jobs...

PAPER | Small Changes for Big Impacts:...

Community Innovation, Community Change, Galen MacLusky

Why is it that despite our best efforts, issues like poverty, homelessness, crime, and isolation persist in our communities?...

BOOK | 10 – Engaging People with...

Case Studies, Books, Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee, this guide was written to support poverty-reduction groups to...

CASE STUDY | Illuminating Systems...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

It is well established in the world of social change that lasting solutions require systems change. This case study describes...

TOOL | Rose, Bud, Thorn

Tools, Evaluation, Community Innovation

How can we effectively solicit feedback on new ideas and programs? The Rose, Bud, Thorn framework is a great way to...

WEBINAR | The Systems Change Evaluation...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Innovation

How will you evaluate efforts to create systems change? The right approach depends on your situation, the type of change, and...

TOOL | The Systems Change Evaluation...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation, Community Innovation

How can you evaluate a systems change initiative? The diversity of methods and approaches available can be overwhelming, but...

TOOL | Developing an Evaluation User...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

One of the central challenges of any evaluation is to get a strong grasp of what the primary user of the assessment wants to...

PAPER | Five Keys to Broad and...

Cities Deepening Community, neighbours, Neighbourhoods

Building strong communities is not easy. In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam documents the decline of community life in North...

PAPER | Disruptive Times Require...

Community Change

As an individual or organizational changemaker, we are often better at deploying program-based or focused strategies to solve...

WEBINAR | Power, Leadership, and...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

Community change work is more effective, empathetic, and genuine when local community members and people with lived experience...

CASE STUDY | Strong and Connected...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

The changing dynamics of neighbourhoods requires a new way of thinking and planning to support neighbourhood development. The...

ARTICLE | A Guide to Identifying and...

ABCD, Cities Deepening Community, Neighbourhoods

There is a movement across Canada to deepen community. Many neighbourhoods are hosting block parties, soup nights and sharing...

WEBINAR | Rethinking Democracy:...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

The knowledge, skills and leadership of citizens is a rich resource that too often is untapped in community change efforts....

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact is a framework for addressing complex community dilemmas and is most effective when trying to move the...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact is a framework for addressing complex community dilemmas and is most effective when trying to move the...

WEBINAR | The End of Working Poverty:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

Across the country, over a million families struggle to make ends meet despite working one, two or sometimes even three jobs...

ARTICLE | Outcome Harvesting:...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

This article features Mark Cabaj reviewing expert Ricardo Wilson-Grau’s book, Outcome Harvesting: Principles, Steps, and...

ARTICLE | The Tyranny of Metrics: A...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

This article features Mark Cabaj reviewing expert Jerry Z Muller's book "The Tyranny of Metrics" which concerns the practice...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact is a framework for addressing complex community dilemmas and is most effective when trying to move the...

WEBINAR | Cultivating Local Collective...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

The ability for local leaders from diverse sectors to work together to address their shared challenges and to realize a shared...

CASE STUDY | Strategy Renewal in Peel...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

On September 18, 2018, the Peel Poverty Reduction Committee launched their second poverty reduction strategy and became the...

ARTICLE | Cities and the Federal...

Articles, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canada’s first national poverty reduction strategy, “Opportunity for All” is a welcomed move forward for those working to...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact is a framework for addressing complex community dilemmas and is most effective when trying to move the...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Leadership, governance, and backbone supports are three of the most important elements of a Collective Impact initiative....

TOOL | A Challenge in Hypnosis - The...

Community Engagement, Tools, Megan Wanless

This tool offers a simple and fun exercise that can help break down barriers between group members and provide a space and...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact initiatives generally follow five phases that each present unique challenges. The papers, tools and...

TOOL | Hosting a Data Walk

Community Engagement, Tools

A data walk is a powerful process for engaging diverse stakeholders in a shared sense-making process around data. Created by...

PAPER | Evaluating Systems Change...

Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Cabaj

Social innovators, evaluators, and community changemakers are increasingly focused on changing complex systems, but often...

WEBINAR | Keys to Success: Resident-Led...

Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Cities Deepening Community

In this webinar, Jessie Sutherland touched on the key components to success in resident-led community change initiatives,...

WEBINAR | Evaluating Systems Change: A...

Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change

Almost anyone who is interested in making progress on tough economic, social and environmental issues is committed to changing...

TOOL | Collective Lines

Tools, Community Innovation

Do you need a quick warmup to help change the mood in a meeting? The Collective Lines warmup activity lets participants play...

WEBINAR | Global Perspectives on...

Webinars and Videos, Community Change

In this webinar, Megan Courtney and Liz Weaver reflect on 25 years of collective wisdom in community change from Canada to New...

TOOL | Planning Prototypes and Testing

Tools, Community Innovation, Prototyping

Prototyping and testing can help you build excitement and buy-in for a new service, get feedback to help you iterate and...

WEBINAR | Asset Mapping: Finding the...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

In this webinar, Jonathan Massimi introduced the Asset-Based Community Development approache and also the Asset-Based...

CASE STUDY | Authentic Engagement: A...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Natasha Pei, Cities Reducing Poverty

Even the best laid plans often go awry. Poverty is messy and complex and the process of finding solutions to poverty will be...

CASE STUDY | Evaluating Community...

Case Studies, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community

There are several organizations and municipalities are focusing their efforts on neighbourhoods. But how do they know their...

WEBINAR | The Winnipeg Boldness...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change

This webinar focused on the experience of The Winnipeg Boldness Project, a research and development project working alongside...

SUMMARY | A Collection of Poverty...

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

This collection of poverty reduction strategies provides a glimpse into the work of eight Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP)...

PUBLICATION | Differentiating the...

Publications, Cities Deepening Community

In the community-building world, a significant number of local initiatives fail because the participants are not clear about...

PAPER | Reflections on Community...

This year both the Tamarack Institute (Canada) and Inspiring Communities (Aotearoa New Zealand) achieve significant...

WEBINAR | Municipal Housing Policy and...

Webinars and Videos, Affordable Housing, Housing Strategy

In this webinar, Tristan Johnson, Planning Analyst at the City of New Westminster discussed the City’s approach to overcoming...

WEBINAR | Creating Abundant Community...

Webinars and Videos, Paul Born, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

 In this webinar, Peter Block explored the concept of a neighbourly economy including discussion on how to build ‘Abundant...

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About...

Evaluating Community Impact, Articles, Evaluation, Mark Cabaj, Policy

Despite the central role of policy change in social change, innovators and evaluators often struggle to be clear about what...

TOOL | Peer Input Process

Community Engagement, Tools, Sylvia Cheuy

The Peer Input Process is a relatively quick and structured way to get input and insight from peers into a current challenge...

PAPER | State of Cities Reducing Poverty

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Adam Vasey

Tamarack Institute’s Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty (VC – CRP), since arriving on the national scene in 2002,...

CASE STUDY | Windsor-Essex: A Journey...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Adam Vasey

Windsor-Essex County (Windsor-Essex), the southernmost region in Canada, consists of nine municipalities: Amherstburg, Essex,...

WEBINAR | Planning an Evaluation of...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Mark Cabaj, Systems Change

In this webinar, Meg Hargreaves and Mark Cabaj explore the ideas and steps required to properly evaluate ‘system changes’ that...

CASE STUDY | Community Engagement for...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Leena Sharma Seth

Hastings County and Prince Edward County (HPE) are located in southeastern Ontario, spanning the 401 corridor to the...

CASE STUDY | Community Wisdom & Social...

Case Studies, Community Change, Galen MacLusky, Community Development, Jessica Fisher

Communities across the world are used to having change thrust upon them. Governments, social services, and institutional...

PAPER | History of the Asset-Based...

Publications, ABCD, Community Innovation, Cities Deepening Community

This publication will give a brief introduction regarding the nature of Asset-Based Community Development and how it emerged....

CASE STUDY | New Westminster's...

Case Studies, Alison Homer, Cities Reducing Poverty, Housing Strategy

Housing affordability has become a critical issue across Canada, particularly in the Metro Vancouver region. The City of New...

WEBINAR | The End of Poverty

Webinars and Videos, Paul Born, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Adam Vasey

Tamarack Institute - Vibrant Communities Canada's (VCC) Co-founder and Co-CEO, Paul Born and VCC's Adam Vasey, Director of...

CASE STUDY | The National Housing...

Case Studies, Community Innovation, Housing, Housing Strategy, Galen MacLusky

How can social labs change social policy? As leaders on the ground it’s often clear in our minds how our systems lead to...

CASE STUDY | Building Citizen Advocacy...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community

Across Canada, there has been a decrease in voter-turnout at every level of government. This means that government policy and...

ARTICLE | The Power of Prototyping

Articles, Community Innovation, Prototyping

To create change we need not have all the answers up front. Instead, the act of creating prototypes and testing them in...

CASE STUDY | Rockford's Data Walk on...

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Case Studies, Sylvia Cheuy

June 2018 marked the culmination of months of research, conversation and community discussions led by two collaborative...

PAPER | Making Sense of the Multiple...

Collaborative Leadership, Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community Change Festival

This paper explores the multiple faces of leadership and draws from Weaver's years of experience in both implementing and...

WEBINAR | Co-Design in Collaboration

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Community Change, Community Change Festival

One of the most pressing collaborative challenges is to fully engage the participants around the table in the process. Too...

TOOL | Bringing the Heart into...

Collective Impact, Tools, Liz Weaver

Collective Impact and collaborative efforts are focused on improving community conditions. Too often, we forget about the...

TOOL | Refining Your Ideas

Tools, Community Innovation, Ideation

Have you ever had an idea explained to you that was not fully thought out? It happens often and can be frustrating for both...

CASE STUDY | Shifting From Needs to...

Case Studies, Natasha Pei, Cities Reducing Poverty, New Brunswick, Poverty Reduction Strategy

New Brunswick is Canada’s largest Maritime province by area; boasts a population of 760,000; and is Canada’s only officially...

WEBINAR | Introduction to Reconciliation

Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Reconciliation

Reconciliation Canada is a registered charity leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences...

PAPER | Creating Containers and...

Collaborative Leadership, Publications, Liz Weaver, Collaboration, Community Change Festival

It starts with collaboration. This is the coming together of two or more organizations to work collectively, share authority,...

WEBINAR | Human-Centred Design, Design...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky, Community Change Festival

Human-Centred Design and Design Thinking, popularized by innovation firms such as IDEO and institutions such as Stanford’s...

WEBINAR | Building Community Into...

Webinars and Videos, ABCD, Community Development

Neighbourhoods are one of the foremost opportunities available to us to foster a sense of belonging. Neighbourhoods are home...

PAPER | An Overview of Community...

Publications, Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky, Community Change Festival

Are you a Design Thinker? A Social Innovator? A Behavioural Economist? Do you use Systems Thinking, Co-Design, or Labs to...

CASE STUDY | Strengthening the Role of...

Case Studies, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community, Sheila Murray

All levels of government ask residents to create an emergency kit and a plan that ensures they can look after themselves for...

ARTICLE | Welcoming the Stranger

Articles, Paul Born, Cities Reducing Poverty, Cities Deepening Community

"In the next 25 years, Canada will accept at least 7.5 million immigrants. Visionary cities taking steps to reduce poverty and...

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Lessons...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

Tamarack's Liz Weaver facilitates a discussion with Paul Born, Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute, and Mark Cabaj, President of From...

PAPER | Community Engagement - A...

Community Engagement, Publications, Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia Cheuy has released her new paper about community engagement. Community change initiatives are often set against complex...

CASE STUDY | Oxford County: Leveraging...

Case Studies, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Sustainability, Poverty Reduction Strategy

On November 22nd, 2017, Oxford County Council approved a Resolution that committed the County of Oxford to achieving Zero...

ARTICLE | Lifting the Blinders on...

Articles, Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky

This article by Galen MacLusky discusses how taking the time to explore why you want to innovate can help you expose potential...

WEBINAR | Cultivating Leadership...

Webinars and Videos, Sylvia Cheuy, Leadership, Phyllis Alexander and Hasshan Batts, Oliver Reilly

Hasshan Batts and Phyllis Alexander engage in a conversation with Tamarack's Sylvia Cheuy. They are the driving force being...

WEBINAR | Who Do You Choose To Be?...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community

Internationally renowned writer, teacher and systems thinker Margaret Wheatley summons us to be leaders for this time of...

TOOL | Start, Stop, Continue

Collaborative Leadership, Tools, Community Innovation, Collaboration, Galen MacLusky

Groups often get overwhelmed by how many tasks they need to get done which leads to burnout and disconnected teams that are...

CASE STUDY | Social Innovation and...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Strategy proactively and innovatively leverages the...

ARTICLE | When Vibrant Communities Have...

Articles, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

This article documents how Living SJ and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, two members of Vibrant Communities’...

TOOL | Establishing Values and...

Collective Impact, Tools

Most collective impact and collaborative efforts benefit from establishing a core set of values and principles for working...

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Canadian...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

Tamarack's Liz Weaver discusses the Canadian Case Studies from the ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute report "When...

WEBINAR | Adaptive Leadership in a...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Leadership

Community Change efforts require different leadership styles and approaches than other initiatives. 

ARTICLE | This is Community Innovation

Community Innovation, Community Change, Galen MacLusky

What makes Community Innovation different from other forms of Social Innovation is the focus on community – placing community...

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: The...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

Tamarack's Galen MacLusky discusses the ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute report "When Collective Impact Has an Impact",...

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About the...

Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Cabaj, Collaboration, Strategy

Social innovators tackling complex social, economic and environmental challenges – particularly those working with diverse...

CASE STUDY | Kamloops: The Path to an...

Case Studies, Community Change, Cities Deepening Community

Since the 1990’s, the City of Kamloops has been an advocate for community accessibility. Over the last twenty years, many...

TOOL | Crafting "How Might We" Questions

Tools, Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky

Have you ever been asked to come up with new ideas to solve an old problem, or been stuck on how to get a group to approach a...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Webinar...

Webinars and Videos, communications

Lindsay Sage, co-founder of sagecomm, discusses the development of compelling issue positions and the key considerations,...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series:...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Shared Measurement

In transformative community change efforts, collaborative tables often face challenges with outlining the measures that will...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series:...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, communications

This webinar session lays the foundation for winning communication strategies for community causes and issues.

WEBINAR | Strategies for Inclusive...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Inclusion

The wisdom and perspectives of community members are essential in finding effective solutions to the community's most complex...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series:...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation

The development of evaluation plans often seem tedious and routine. They are typically written as part of funding applications...

CASE STUDY | Calgary's Enough For All:...

Case Studies, Alison Homer, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Calgary’s Financial Empowerment Collaborative plays an important role in the community-driven Enough for All poverty reduction...

CASE STUDY | Investing to Create a...

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership

This Case Study focuses on combined economic and social developments championed by the Rider Poole Foundation in the Greater...

TOOL | The Cover Story

Collective Impact, Tools

The Cover Story is an exercise that can be used for multiple purposes. The object of the game is to act as journalists whose...

TOOL | Experimenting with...

Collective Impact, Tools

Human Centered Design is a process that starts with people and ends with new solutions that are tailored to their needs. The...

TOOL | The Six Thinking Hats

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is particularly useful when exploring an issue from several different perspectives. Each hat focuses on a subject...

PAPER | Ready Set Go: Building...

Collective Impact, Liz Weaver

Achieving success is not about wishing for the best future but being prepared to do the difficult work of getting ready. ...

WEBINAR | Building Readiness through...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Community Change

Collective Impact (CI) is more than having a good idea, it is about convening community leaders around a complex problem and...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar...

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

We are overwhelmed by the amount of information coming at us from all sources, including social media. How do you make sure...

CASE STUDY | Love My Hood: Kitchener’s...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Every city builds neighbourhoods with sidewalks and roads, and homes, parks and arenas. Municipalities across Canada are...

WEBINAR | OTF Transformative Action...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, French

L’engagement communautaire consiste à connaître votre auditoire et déterminer vos objectifs d’engagement, ainsi qu’à utiliser...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series:...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Sylvia Cheuy

You have your partners at the table, but how do you keep them engaged?  This webinar provides an overview of the key elements...

CASE STUDY | Central Iowa's OpportUNITY...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Central Iowa is a community with a diverse population, robust insurance, financial services agri-food and technology sectors,...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver

This informative webinar will provide useful approaches to understanding the how and why of Shared Measurement. We explore two...

FAQ | Principles-Focused Evaluation

Evaluating Community Impact, Evaluation, Mark Cabaj, FAQ

FAQ | This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document explores 15 questions about principles-focused evaluation raised through...

TOOL | Scoping Our Work

Collective Impact, Tools

Community change efforts often involve addressing complex issues with multiple root causes. The paradox of this work is that...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver

Successful collaborative efforts require a deep understanding of the problem that the group is trying to solve.  The webinar...

WEBINAR | Principles-Focused...

Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Innovation

How can social innovators and would-be change makers ensure they are adhering to core principles and assess whether doing so...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series:...

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

Community Engagement is about knowing your audience, identifying your engagement goals and then using practical tools and...

TOOL | The Engagement Continuum

Community Engagement, Tools

Five levels of engagement that are key to clarifying the appropriate level of engagement before implementing an engagement...

CASE STUDY | Halton Poverty Roundtable

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Ontario

Located in southern Ontario and part of the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Region is known as an affluent community and...

PAPER | The Community Innovation...

Publications, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Innovation

Developing innovation capacity within our communities and the non-profit sector has now become a strategic imperative. With...

WEBINAR | Evaluation Tools for...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation

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

TOOL | Most Significant Change

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Agree-Disagree for Collaboration

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Tools, Mark Holmgren, Worksheet

This tool will help groups develop a common understanding of one another’s perspectives on collaboration and can assist in...

WEBINAR | Shared Measurement: The Why...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Calgary's Neighbourhood...

Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

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

BOOK | Cities Reducing Poverty: How...

Case Studies, Books, Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

This book explores the efforts of collaborative groups in six different Canadian cities where each one is guided by a desire...

PUBLICATION | TO Prosperity: Toronto...

Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Strategy

Toronto’s vision by 2035 is to be a city with opportunities for all, and a leader in the collective pursuit of justice,...

PUBLICATION | What does the data tell...

Evaluating Community Impact, Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

Incomes are an important determinant of well-being and one of the more measurable aspects of poverty. Data can tell us how...

PUBLICATION | THRIVE: Medicine Hat and...

Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Strategy

Medicine Hat, the city credited as being the first to end homelessness, is taking on poverty in all its forms, with a goal of...

BROCHURE | Vibrant Communities - Cities...

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Membership, Brochure

Vibrant Communities Canada membership brings local poverty reduction initiatives into a national movement that supports them...

WEBINAR | Lessons in Collaborating with...

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos

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

TOOL | Developing Evaluations That Are...

Collective Impact, Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

This tool will help you develop evaluations that you can actually use to make a larger impact on your initiative. It outlines...

PAPER | Shared Measurement: The Why is...

Collective Impact, Publications, Evaluation, Mark Cabaj

Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop is a paper written by evaluation expert Mark Cabaj, that...

PAPER | Turf, Trust, Co-Creation &...

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Publications, Liz Weaver

Authentic community change moves at the speed of trust. And yet, we spend so little time and focus on intentionally building...

TOOL | The Eco-Cycle Mapping

Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Who do we Want to Engage?

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Gives and Gets

Collective Impact, Tools, Cities Deepening Community

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

PAPER | Hosting Community Conversations...

Community Engagement, Publications, Cities Deepening Community

The first step to building a community is to have a conversation. When we talk with each other, we build connections and form...

PAPER | 35 Voices on Collaborative...

Collaborative Leadership, Publications, Mark Holmgren

Thirty-five people engaged in the co-creation of this paper with Tamarack's Mark Holmgren to offer their perspective on...

TOOL | The Heart, Hand, Mind

Collaborative Leadership, Tools

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

TOOL | The Story Spine

Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | The Key Factor Mapping Tool

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Tools, Worksheet

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

WEBINAR | Living Cities: Co-Creating...

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos

Join Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, and Tamarack's Mark Holmgren, Director of Vibrant Communities, for a...

PUBLICATION | How to Develop a Common...

Collective Impact, Publications, Paul Born, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

How to Develop a Common Agenda for a Collective Impact: A 5 Step Guide is a paper written by Paul Born that provides a...

WEBINAR | Kitchener Neighbourhood...

Webinars and Videos, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Michelle Drake and Darren Kropf discuss the development of Kitchener’s first Neighbourhood Strategy and how the City will...

WEBINAR | You’re It! Shared Wisdom for...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos

Leading a non-profit organization comes with big expectations, and You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading...

PAPER | The Context Experts

Community Engagement, Publications, Lisa Attygalle

The Context Experts is a paper written by Lisa Attygalle that discusses how to increase the authenticity of community...

TOOL | Single, Double and Triple Loop...

Collective Impact, Tools

Single, Double and Triple Loop Learning is related to Brenda Zimmerman’s explanation of problems or challenges as being...

TOOL | Online Collaboration

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool assists with getting a team started with online collaboration while focusing on communication, coordination,...

TOOL | Mobile Engagement

Community Engagement, Tools

A tool to help reach your community through mobile engagement including ideas for you to implement.

TOOL | Insight Communities

Community Engagement, Tools, Evaluation

This helps explain insight communities of partners, stakeholder, and citizens. These communities share with you what they...

TOOL | GeoMapping

Community Engagement, Tools

An explanation on when to use geo-mapping which is a way to crowd-source information for your community to obtain verifiable...

TOOL | Future Search

Community Engagement, Tools

The future search is an approach that centers on a conference with 'visioning' at its core. The crucial stages that should be...

TOOL | Focus Groups

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool explains how to use focus groups with a set criteria. There are also various approaches outlined to help assist your...

TOOL | Engagement Funnel

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool helps segment your various stakeholder groups, monitor their engagement, and create a plan to deepen their...

TOOL | Digital Storytelling

Community Engagement, Tools

A tool to help you develop your own digital storytelling to empower community members, educate stakeholders, and evaluate...

TOOL | Community of Practice

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool outlines what a Community of Practice is why you should make one and how to assemble the tools and talent to make it...

TOOL | Citizen Juries

Community Engagement, Tools, Community Innovation

This tool helps explain how a citizen jury can help consider complex issues through gathering evidence, deliberating, and...

TOOL | Citizen Panels

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool explains Citizen Panels, what their commitment is, strengths, weaknesses, and when they can be used.

TOOL | Art & Creativity

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool focuses on using art and creativity as a form of community engagement. It can be very effective at encouraging...

TOOL | Appreciative Inquiry

Community Engagement, Tools

Notes and highlights of appreciative inquiries including some key questions that can be used to ignite conversation.

TOOL | Friendraising

Community Engagement, Tools, Friendraising

Friendraising: from raising funds to making friends. This tool discusses passions, organization, and relationships.

TOOL | 10 Guidelines for Increasing...

Community Engagement, Tools, technology

This tool provides 10 guidelines for increasing online community engagement. It's meant to help you think about the best ways...

TOOL | Open Space Technology

Community Engagement, Tools, technology

Open Space Technology is a management tool that helps overcome the difficulties of conventional approaches to decision-making.

TOOL | Participatory Budgeting

Community Engagement, Tools, Budgeting

This tool shows how participatory budgeting can be used to involve citizens with decision making about budget issues on both...

TOOL | Great Neighbours Connect Cards

Community Engagement, Tools, Neighbourhood Strategy

A tool explaining the Great Neighbours initiative Connect Cards that provide thought provoking questions designed to build...

TOOL | Podcasting

Community Engagement, Tools

An insight into podcasts about why to make one and assembling the various tools and talent.

TOOL | Polarity Coaching

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool is used to appreciate complex challenges and to break down barriers. It explains what polarities are, the value of...

TOOL | Scales for Evaluating Engagement...

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool explains scales that can be used for evaluating engagement satisfaction including the Net Promoter Score, Likert...

TOOL | Using Personas for Community...

Community Engagement, Tools

This tool demonstrates how to use personas in the design of community engagement by helping you understand the various kinds...

TOOL | Using Wiki Sites

Community Engagement, Tools, WikiSites

This tool explains what wiki's are as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using one. There are also various examples...

ARTICLE | Developing Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Articles

This article, written by Mark Holmgren, contains tools and approaches designed to help with the development of Collective...

TOOL | Sustaining Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Building a collective impact approach requires the engagement of a diverse team of leaders, a focus on community change and...

TOOL | Wheel of Involvement

Collective Impact, Tools

This wheel will help engage attendees at a workshop or consultation to provide you with input regarding their own desired...

WEBINAR | Lessons in Collaborating with...

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos

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

TOOL | Upside Down Thinking

Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership, Tools

Upside Down Thinking is both a mindset and a tool people can use to challenge status quo thinking and practice and foster...

TOOL | Empathy Map

Collective Impact, Tools, Worksheet

This empathy map tool will help you consider the perspectives of those who your project serves or affects. It will help your...

PAPER | Perspectives from the Field:...

Collective Impact, Publications

In November 2016, Tamarack partnered with Collaboration for Impact in Australia to deliver a series of community engagement...

WEBINAR | How to authentically engage...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

Community members must be stakeholders in decisions that impact them, but sometimes as a community engagement practitioner, it...

TOOL | Index of Community Engagement...

Community Engagement, Tools

This resource is a comprehensive list of community engagement techniques that can be selected based on the level of engagement...

BOOK | 10 – A Guide for Businesses...

Case Studies, Books, Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Leadership, Business

10 – A Guide for Businesses Reducing Poverty is about what can happen when businesses large and small are engaged in...

TOOL | Translating Strategy to Action

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool helps ensure the group's mutually reinforcing activities are fitted together to support a larger, shared strategy.

TOOL | Shared Measurement Mapping

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool can be used to generate an initial set of benchmarks or targets for the work of your collaborative. 

TOOL | Planning Your Backbone Support

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool helps provide members with an overview of the key framework, decision, and progress that has been made on Collective...

TOOL | Key Milestone Report

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool helps provide members with an overview of the key framework, decision, and progress that has been made on Collective...

TOOL | Designing Your Mutually...

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool enables groups to describe the activities that they will undertake to ensure that they are achieving their intended...

TOOL | Collective Impact Initiative...

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will outline budgets including resources and expenses. It discusses the Collective Impact initiative benefits from...

TOOL | Personal Asset Inventory

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is a simple and fun way to inventory the assets of individual team members and determine how they can be used to...

TOOL | Stakeholder Engagement Wheel

Collective Impact, Tools, Worksheet, Communication

This tool will help guide a conversation with others as to what their desired level of involvement is in the opportunities and...

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