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PAPER | Evaluating Systems Change Results: An Inquiry Framework

Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Cabaj

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

WEBINAR | Keys to Success: Resident-Led Community Change

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based-Framework

Webinars & Videos, Community Change, Evaluation

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

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 while intentionally...

WEBINAR | Global Perspectives on Community Change

Webinars & 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 Zealand. Based on...

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About Evaluating Efforts to Scale Social Innovation

Articles, Mark Cabaj, Evaluation, Evaluating Community Impact, Social Innovation

As changemakers, we are not always clear on what scaling means nor how efforts to scale should be properly evaluated, and because of this...

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 refine your service, or...

WEBINAR | Asset Mapping: Finding the Strength in Your Neighbourhood

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

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

CASE STUDY | Authentic Engagement: A Learning Journey

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

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

CASE STUDY | Evaluating Community Efforts: A Vivo Story

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 efforts are making a...

WEBINAR | The Winnipeg Boldness Project: Community Wisdom & Systems Change

Webinars & Videos, Community Change, Community Innovation

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

SUMMARY | Select Poverty Reduction Strategies

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

PAPER | Reflections on Community Change: Two Countries, Two Perspectives, One Vision for Moving Forward

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

WEBINAR | Municipal Housing Policy and Program Ideas from New Westminster

Webinars & 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 local housing...

WEBINAR | Creating Abundant Community in Neighbourhoods

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

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

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About Evaluating Progress in Policy Change

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

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

TOOL | Peer Input Process

Tools, Community Engagement, Sylvia Cheuy

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

PAPER | State of Cities Reducing Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | Windsor-Essex: A Journey to Collective Impact

Case Studies, Collective Impact, Adam Vasey

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

WEBINAR | Planning an Evaluation of Systems Change

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Engagement for Poverty Reduction in Hastings Prince Edward Counties

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Wisdom & Social Labs Lead to Change in Point Douglas

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

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

CASE STUDY | New Westminster's Award-winning Housing Policies and Programs

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

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

WEBINAR | The End of Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | The National Housing Collaborative: Working Together for Gamechanging Housing Policy

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

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

CASE STUDY | Building Citizen Advocacy Skills for Strong Neighbourhoods

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

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

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 real-world conditions can...

CASE STUDY | Rockford's Data Walk on 3rd Grade Reading

Case Studies, Sylvia Cheuy, Collective Impact, Community Engagement

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

PAPER | Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership

Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community Change Festival, Collaborative Leadership

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

WEBINAR | Co-Design in Collaboration

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

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

TOOL | Bringing the Heart into Collective Impact

Tools, Liz Weaver, Collective Impact

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

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 parties when the idea...

CASE STUDY | Shifting From Needs to Assets in New Brunswick

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

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

WEBINAR | Introduction to Reconciliation

Webinars & Videos, Reconciliation, Community Change

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

PAPER | Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration

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

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

WEBINAR | Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking, and Community Change

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

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

WEBINAR | Building Community Into Neighbourhoods

Webinars & Videos, ABCD, Community Development

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

PAPER | An Overview of Community Innovation Trends - Part One: Design-Based Approaches

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 effect change? If you’re...

CASE STUDY | Strengthening the Role of Faith-Based Organizations to Support Emergency Preparedness

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

All levels of government ask residents to create an emergency kit and a plan that ensures they can look after themselves for at least the first 72...

ARTICLE | Welcoming the Stranger

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

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Lessons from Vibrant Communities Canada

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

PAPER | Community Engagement - A Foundational Practice of Community Change

Publications, Community Engagement, Sylvia Cheuy

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

CASE STUDY | Oxford County: Leveraging a Community Sustainability Plan to Tackle Poverty

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

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

ARTICLE | Lifting the Blinders on Innovation

Articles, Galen MacLusky, Community Innovation

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

WEBINAR | Cultivating Leadership Without Limits

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

Hasshan Batts and Phyllis Alexander engage in a conversation with Tamarack's Sylvia Cheuy. They are the driving force being Leadership Without...

WEBINAR | Who Do You Choose To Be? Restoring Leadership as a Noble Profession

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community

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

TOOL | Start, Stop, Continue

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

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

CASE STUDY | Social Innovation and Community Economic Development in Vancouver

Case Studies, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

ARTICLE | When Vibrant Communities Have an Impact

Articles, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

TOOL | Establishing Values and Principles for Working Together

Collective Impact, Tools

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Canadian Collective Impact Case Studies

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

WEBINAR | Adaptive Leadership in a Changing World

Webinars & Videos, Leadership, Collaborative Leadership

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

ARTICLE | This is Community Innovation

Galen MacLusky, Community Innovation, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: The Collective Impact Fieldwide Evaluation

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About the Strategy Continuum

Mark Cabaj, Strategy, Collaboration, Evaluating Community Impact

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

CASE STUDY | Kamloops: The Path to an Inclusive and Accessible Community

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 projects have been...

TOOL | Crafting "How Might We" Questions

Community Innovation, Tools, 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 challenge in a...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Webinar Series: Delivering Your Winning Position to the Market

Webinars & Videos, communications

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Shared Measurement

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

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Communications Planning 101

Webinars & Videos, communications, Community Engagement

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

WEBINAR | Strategies for Inclusive Engagement: Featuring Amy Hubbard

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, Inclusion

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Developing an Evaluation Plan

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Evaluation

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

CASE STUDY | Calgary's Enough For All: Canada's First Financial Empowerment Model

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

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

CASE STUDY | Investing to Create a Network of Community Change Agents: A Case Study on the Greater Lehigh Valley

Collaborative Leadership, Collective Impact

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

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 job it is to capture...

TOOL | Experimenting with Human-Centered Design: Workbook

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 process involves...

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 area and endeavours to...

PAPER | Ready Set Go: Building Readiness for Collaborative and Community Impact

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. Ready, Set, Go is...

WEBINAR | Building Readiness through the Collective Impact Feasibility Framework: Featuring Robert Albright

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Communications Planning

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Community Engagement

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

CASE STUDY | Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Every city builds neighbourhoods with sidewalks and roads, and homes, parks and arenas. Municipalities across Canada are realizing that it's not...

WEBINAR | OTF Transformative Action Series: Engagement Communautaire (FR)

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, French

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series: Collaborative Governance

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, 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 of collaborative...

CASE STUDY | Central Iowa's OpportUNITY Plan

Case Studies, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Shared Measurement

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Liz Weaver

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

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 the webinars and...

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 leaders must...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Problem Identification

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Liz Weaver

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

WEBINAR | Principles-Focused Evaluation: Featuring Mark Cabaj and Michael Quinn Patton

Webinars & 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 is yielding desired...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series: Community Engagement

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, Collective Impact

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

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 strategy.

CASE STUDY | Halton Poverty Roundtable

Ontario, Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

PAPER | The Community Innovation Imperative

Publications, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Innovation

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

WEBINAR | Evaluation Tools for Community Engagement

Evaluation, Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement

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

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 monitoring and evaluation....

TOOL | Agree-Disagree for Collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

CASE STUDY | Calgary's Neighbourhood Strategy

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 project, which has a...

BOOK | Cities Reducing Poverty: How Vibrant Communities Are Creating Comprehensive Solutions to the Most Complex Problem of Our Times

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

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

PUBLICATION | TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction, Publications, Strategy

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

PUBLICATION | What does the data tell us about rising poverty in Canada?

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

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

PUBLICATION | THRIVE: Medicine Hat and Region Strategy to End Poverty and Increase Wellbeing

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction, Strategy, Publications

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

BROCHURE | Vibrant Communities Canada Membership 2018

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction, Membership, Brochure

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

WEBINAR | Lessons in Collaborating with the Enemy: Part Two

Webinars & Videos, Collaborative Leadership, Collective Impact

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

TOOL | Developing Evaluations That Are Used

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Collective Impact

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

PAPER | Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, the How Continues to Develop

Publications, Evaluation, Mark Cabaj, Collective Impact

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

PAPER | Turf, Trust, Co-Creation & Collective Impact

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 trust amongst...

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 community change, Tamarack...

TOOL | Who do we Want to Engage?

Community Engagement, Tools, Collective Impact

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 powerful and authentic...

PAPER | Hosting Community Conversations in Batimore, MD: A Conversation Guide

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 relationships....

PAPER | 35 Voices on Collaborative Leadership and Co-Creating Cities of the Future

Publications, Mark Holmgren, Collaborative Leadership

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

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 of significance.

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 dialogue about an...

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 complex issue or...

WEBINAR | Living Cities: Co-Creating the Future of Cities Across America

Webinars & Videos, Collaborative Leadership, Collective Impact

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

PUBLICATION | How to Develop a Common Agenda for a Collective Impact

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

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

WEBINAR | Kitchener Neighbourhood Strategy

Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community, Webinars & Videos

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

WEBINAR | You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations from Both a Seasoned and a First-Time CEO

Webinars & Videos, Collaborative Leadership

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

PAPER | The Context Experts

Publications, Community Engagement, Lisa Attygalle

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

TOOL | Single, Double and Triple Loop Learning

Tools, Collective Impact

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

TOOL | Online Collaboration

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Mobile Engagement

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Insight Communities

Tools, Community Engagement, Evaluation

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

TOOL | GeoMapping

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Future Search

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Focus Groups

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Engagement Funnel

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Digital Storytelling

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Community of Practice

Tools, Community Engagement

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 succeed.

TOOL | Citizen Juries

Tools, Community Engagement, Community Innovation

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

TOOL | Citizen Panels

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Art & Creativity

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Appreciative Inquiry

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Friendraising

Tools, Community Engagement, Friendraising

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

TOOL | 10 Guidelines for Increasing Online Community Engagement

Tools, Community Engagement, technology

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

TOOL | Open Space Technology

Tools, Community Engagement, technology

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

TOOL | Participatory Budgeting

Tools, Community Engagement, Budgeting

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

TOOL | Great Neighbours Connect Cards

Tools, Community Engagement, Neighbourhood Strategy

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

TOOL | Podcasting

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Polarity Coaching

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Scales for Evaluating Engagement Satisfaction

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Using Personas for Community Engagement

Tools, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Using Wiki Sites

Tools, WikiSites, Community Engagement

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

ARTICLE | Developing Collective Impact Strategies

Collective Impact, Articles

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

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 level of involvement.

WEBINAR | Lessons in Collaborating with the Enemy

Webinars & Videos, Collaborative Leadership, Collective Impact

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

TOOL | Upside Down Thinking

Tools, Collective Impact, Collaborative Leadership

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

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 team consider the...

PAPER | Perspectives from the Field: Collective Impact & Collaboration

Collective Impact, Publications

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

WEBINAR | How to authentically engage the community while remaining in control

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement

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

TOOL | Index of Community Engagement Techniques

Community Engagement, Tools

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

BOOK | 10 – A Guide for Businesses Reducing Poverty

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

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

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 Impact initiatives.

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 Impact initiatives.

TOOL | Designing Your Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Collective Impact Initiative Budget

Collective Impact, Tools

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

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 move the collective...

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 work of your group...

TOOL | Five Phases of Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help outline the five different phases of Collective Impact including the cyclical cycle. 

TOOL | Five Conditions of Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help outline the five conditions of Collective Impact that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results.

TOOL | Community Reference System

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is an effective way to build awareness and “buzz” about your gathering. It helps select who will attend the learning event or gathering...

TOOL | Common Agenda Framework

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help clarify shared issues that need to be addressed by using various strategies, factors, and outcomes.

TOOL | Collaboration Spectrum

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help groups decide where they are on the spectrum of collaboration include current level and idea level.

TOOL | Collective Impact at a Glance

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help give a clear overview of collective impact including pre-conditions and phases.

TOOL | Assessing Readiness

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help project leaders to identify where their work can be strengthened. It can also be used as an assessment tool for boards and...

TOOL | Top 100 Engagement

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool will help groups identify and prioritize influential people who could be engaged in the Collective Impact effort.

TOOL | Community Vision for Change

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is helpful for collective impact initiatives. It helps develop a strong shared vision which creates a sense of commonality, builds trust...

TOOL | Building a Plan on a Page

Collective Impact, Tools, Liz Weaver

Communications is an important condition of collective impact and collaborative work. Keeping everyone on the same page is difficult when there...

WEBINAR | Collaboration not CoBLABoration: A Conversation with Chris Thompson

Webinars & Videos

Effective cross-sector collaboration – engaging a diverse group of stakeholders to assume shared responsibility for achieving a shared, mutually...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact: Lessons from the Field

Webinars & Videos

Collective Impact is transforming communities across Canada and the United States. We know the work can be challenging. Bringing many diverse...

TOOL | Collective Impact Self Assessment and Planning

Collective Impact, Tools

This tool is designed as a reflective practice for members of Collective Impact planning tables that specifically focuses on the core elements...

WEBINAR | Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Webinars & Videos

Real, meaningful societal impact is attainable once we understand how to work together and collaborate in new and transformational ways.

In her...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact with Liz Weaver

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

In this short video, Liz Weaver talks about a key concept in Collective Impact 3.0 - the shift from a Management paradigm to Movement Building.

TOOL | The 4 M's of Effective Communication

Collective Impact, Tools, Communication

This tool is designed to help you to map out the most effective approach to continuously communicate how your Collective Impact plan is evolving;...

WEBINAR | A Culture of Collaboration: Lessons from Hardwired Humans

Webinars & Videos

In his ground-breaking book, Hardwired Humans – Successful Leadership using Human Instincts, author Andrew O’Keeffe provides a practical framework...

WORKSHOP | Engage for Impact: Masterclass Slidedeck

Community Engagement, Workshops

In October 2016, Collaborating for Impact and Together SA hosted a series of Masterclasses across Australia. Liz Weaver joined Australian...

TOOL | Journey Map

Collective Impact, Tools, Liz Weaver

The early phases of a collective impact journey are often focused internally on developing the leadership team, connecting with the community...

WORKSHOP | Sustaining Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Workshops

This slide deck was created by Liz Weaver for the 2015 Champions for Change workshop for backbone leaders and focuses on the challenge facing many...

ARTICLE | How Housing Policy Benefits from a Socioeconomic Perspective

Poverty Reduction, Policy, Affordable Housing, Articles

On November 17, I delivered a webinar presentation for the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association titled “The Missing Piece: How Housing Policy...

PAPER | Disruptive Leadership: Building Capacity for Changing Communities

Community Innovation, Publications

Liz Weaver explores the notion of disruption and how it relates to the voluntary and community sector in this new paper from Tamarack's Community...

PAPER | The Case for Cultivating Community Resilience

Publications, Cities Deepening Community

As part of our Community Change Series 2016, Sylvia Cheuy explores the concept of community resilience - what it is and why it matters - in her...

WEBINAR | A Game Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation

Webinars & Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty

Too often evaluation is a mysterious noise. We can’t discern a beat we can tap our feet to. The melody we seek is elusive. From a poverty...

WEBINAR | The Fight for Decent Work: Tackling Low Wages, Precarious Work, and Poverty

Webinars & Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty

2017 is the year where labour laws in Ontario will change. Through the government's Changing Workplaces Review, twenty-five years after their last...

PAPER | Sometimes to Hear the Music you Have to Turn Down the Noise: A Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation

Publications, Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Holmgren, Cities Reducing Poverty

From a poverty reduction perspective, we are inundated with the voices of our clients, our funders and donors, our colleagues, governments at all...

ARTICLE | Caring is Life: A Keynote Address

ABCD, Keynote Address, caring, Cities Deepening Community, Articles

A moving keynote address that holds the importance of care at the centre. Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski discuss communal gardening and other acts...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact 3.0

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

The practice of collaboration has evolved since the first article about collective impact went viral in 2011.  Many communities are implementing...

PAPER | Our Community Can Change

Paul Born, Publications, Community Engagement

As part of our Community Change Series 2016, Paul Born provides thinking around five core ideas to create community change: collective impact,...

WEBINAR | The Dynamics of Social Change

Webinars & Videos, Community Innovation

On the cover of Getting to Maybe - How the World Is Changed, a book co-authored by Frances Westley, readers are so boldly told "This book is for...

WEBINAR | Advocating for Poverty Reduction the “Rights” Way

Human Rights, Webinars & Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

In this webinar, Michèle Biss, Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator for Canada Without Poverty (CWP), Stephen Portman, Advocacy Lead for...

PAPER | Collective Impact 3.0

Mark Cabaj, Liz Weaver, Collective Impact, Publications

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...

WEBINAR | Innovation Starts with People

Webinars & Videos, Community Innovation

Australia and Canada share much in common. Australia has one of the highest levels of median wealth in the world, yet poverty and poor outcomes...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact: Continuous Communication

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

In this webinar, Mark Holmgren discusses the need to establish both formal and informal mechanisms for keeping people informed about the progress...

WEBINAR | Breaking the Silos

Community Engagement, Webinars & Videos

Severn Cullis-Suzuki explores the importance of disrupting what separates us in order to work together to understand and address the...

WEBINAR | The Opportunity Youth Network | A Collective Impact Initiative

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

Steve Patrick, Vice President and Executive Director of the The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Jamiel Alexander, Community Organizer and...

WEBINAR | The Ontario Student Grant: A Case Study in Collaboration

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars & Videos

This spring, the Government of Ontario embarked on the single largest modernization to Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) ever, making...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact: Shared Measurement

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

What does it take to know you are making an impact?  This webinar explores how to build shared measurement strategies into your collective work...

WEBINAR | The Art of Disruption

Community Engagement, Webinars & Videos

Join Paul Born and Liz Weaver as they discuss the emerging ideas and strategies that are disrupting how communities are responding to the complex...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact: Common Agenda

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

How do you build a Common Agenda? Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Deepening Community at Tamarack, talks about the factors that you will need to...

WEBINAR | Transformative Celebration, The Commons and Thrivability

Community Engagement, Webinars & Videos

Michael Jones and his conversation partners offer a richly textured and multidisciplinary examination of place. Too often, the places we create...

WEBINAR | Evaluations That Work: What the Non-Profit Sector Can Learn from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Vibrant Communities

Evaluation, Webinars & Videos, Evaluating Community Impact

Evaluations “work” when they lead to insight and action. We all know that the process can be resource-intensive, so it is important for us to...

WEBINAR | Ontario Trillium Foundation: Intro to Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

Liz Weaver discusses the three pre-conditions of collective impact, and the five main conditions of collective impact. She also discusses the...

WEBINAR | Neighbourhood Strategy Leaders Lethbridge

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars & Videos

Jerry Firth talks about how Lethbridge has utilized key players to strengthen its neighbourhoods. Leadership within these communities plays a...

WEBINAR | Pre-conditions for Collective Impact

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

This webinar focuses on recruiting influential champions, understanding the urgency of the issue, and determining what resources are required to...

WEBINAR | Belonging, Enlivement, and Wellbeing

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community

Michael, Daphne, Kim and Steve explore the possibility of a worldview that is in harmony with nature, the realization that we are all part of...

WEBINAR | Communities of Belonging Part 2: Place-making and Reconciliation

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community

Michael, Catherine, Erin and Bill explore the possibility of a worldview that is in harmony with nature, and the truth that we are all part of...

WEBINAR | Resilience and Money

Webinars & Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Cities Deepening Community

Milton Friesen interviews Brian Dijkema as they discuss the often muted perspectives into the social dimensions of payday loans and explore the...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact: Community Readiness

Collective Impact, Webinars & Videos

In this clip, Liz Weaver talks about the many levels of complexity within our communities, and how collective impact can benefit these...

PAPER | Evaluating Systems Change Results: An Inquiry Framework

Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Cabaj

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

WEBINAR | Keys to Success: Resident-Led Community Change

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based-Framework

Webinars & Videos, Community Change, Evaluation

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

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 while intentionally...

WEBINAR | Global Perspectives on Community Change

Webinars & 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 Zealand. Based on...

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About Evaluating Efforts to Scale Social Innovation

Articles, Mark Cabaj, Evaluation, Evaluating Community Impact, Social Innovation

As changemakers, we are not always clear on what scaling means nor how efforts to scale should be properly evaluated, and because of this...

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 refine your service, or...

WEBINAR | Asset Mapping: Finding the Strength in Your Neighbourhood

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

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

CASE STUDY | Authentic Engagement: A Learning Journey

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

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

CASE STUDY | Evaluating Community Efforts: A Vivo Story

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 efforts are making a...

WEBINAR | The Winnipeg Boldness Project: Community Wisdom & Systems Change

Webinars & Videos, Community Change, Community Innovation

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

SUMMARY | Select Poverty Reduction Strategies

Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

PAPER | Reflections on Community Change: Two Countries, Two Perspectives, One Vision for Moving Forward

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

WEBINAR | Municipal Housing Policy and Program Ideas from New Westminster

Webinars & 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 local housing...

WEBINAR | Creating Abundant Community in Neighbourhoods

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

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

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About Evaluating Progress in Policy Change

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

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

TOOL | Peer Input Process

Tools, Community Engagement, Sylvia Cheuy

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

PAPER | State of Cities Reducing Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | Windsor-Essex: A Journey to Collective Impact

Case Studies, Collective Impact, Adam Vasey

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

WEBINAR | Planning an Evaluation of Systems Change

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Engagement for Poverty Reduction in Hastings Prince Edward Counties

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Wisdom & Social Labs Lead to Change in Point Douglas

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

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

CASE STUDY | New Westminster's Award-winning Housing Policies and Programs

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

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

WEBINAR | The End of Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | The National Housing Collaborative: Working Together for Gamechanging Housing Policy

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

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

CASE STUDY | Building Citizen Advocacy Skills for Strong Neighbourhoods

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

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

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 real-world conditions can...

CASE STUDY | Rockford's Data Walk on 3rd Grade Reading

Case Studies, Sylvia Cheuy, Collective Impact, Community Engagement

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

PAPER | Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership

Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community Change Festival, Collaborative Leadership

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

WEBINAR | Co-Design in Collaboration

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

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

TOOL | Bringing the Heart into Collective Impact

Tools, Liz Weaver, Collective Impact

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

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 parties when the idea...

CASE STUDY | Shifting From Needs to Assets in New Brunswick

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

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

WEBINAR | Introduction to Reconciliation

Webinars & Videos, Reconciliation, Community Change

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

PAPER | Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration

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

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

WEBINAR | Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking, and Community Change

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

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

WEBINAR | Building Community Into Neighbourhoods

Webinars & Videos, ABCD, Community Development

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

PAPER | An Overview of Community Innovation Trends - Part One: Design-Based Approaches

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 effect change? If you’re...

CASE STUDY | Strengthening the Role of Faith-Based Organizations to Support Emergency Preparedness

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

All levels of government ask residents to create an emergency kit and a plan that ensures they can look after themselves for at least the first 72...

ARTICLE | Welcoming the Stranger

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

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Lessons from Vibrant Communities Canada

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

PAPER | Community Engagement - A Foundational Practice of Community Change

Publications, Community Engagement, Sylvia Cheuy

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

CASE STUDY | Oxford County: Leveraging a Community Sustainability Plan to Tackle Poverty

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

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

ARTICLE | Lifting the Blinders on Innovation

Articles, Galen MacLusky, Community Innovation

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

WEBINAR | Cultivating Leadership Without Limits

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

Hasshan Batts and Phyllis Alexander engage in a conversation with Tamarack's Sylvia Cheuy. They are the driving force being Leadership Without...

WEBINAR | Who Do You Choose To Be? Restoring Leadership as a Noble Profession

Webinars & Videos, Cities Deepening Community

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

TOOL | Start, Stop, Continue

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

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

CASE STUDY | Social Innovation and Community Economic Development in Vancouver

Case Studies, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

ARTICLE | When Vibrant Communities Have an Impact

Articles, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

TOOL | Establishing Values and Principles for Working Together

Collective Impact, Tools

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: Canadian Collective Impact Case Studies

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

WEBINAR | Adaptive Leadership in a Changing World

Webinars & Videos, Leadership, Collaborative Leadership

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

ARTICLE | This is Community Innovation

Galen MacLusky, Community Innovation, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Getting to Impact: The Collective Impact Fieldwide Evaluation

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact

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

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About the Strategy Continuum

Mark Cabaj, Strategy, Collaboration, Evaluating Community Impact

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

CASE STUDY | Kamloops: The Path to an Inclusive and Accessible Community

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 projects have been...

TOOL | Crafting "How Might We" Questions

Community Innovation, Tools, 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 challenge in a...

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Webinar Series: Delivering Your Winning Position to the Market

Webinars & Videos, communications

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Shared Measurement

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

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Communications Planning 101

Webinars & Videos, communications, Community Engagement

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

WEBINAR | Strategies for Inclusive Engagement: Featuring Amy Hubbard

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, Inclusion

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

WEBINAR | OTF Diving Deeper Series: Developing an Evaluation Plan

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Evaluation

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

CASE STUDY | Calgary's Enough For All: Canada's First Financial Empowerment Model

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

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

CASE STUDY | Investing to Create a Network of Community Change Agents: A Case Study on the Greater Lehigh Valley

Collaborative Leadership, Collective Impact

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

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 job it is to capture...

TOOL | Experimenting with Human-Centered Design: Workbook

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 process involves...

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 area and endeavours to...

PAPER | Ready Set Go: Building Readiness for Collaborative and Community Impact

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. Ready, Set, Go is...

WEBINAR | Building Readiness through the Collective Impact Feasibility Framework: Featuring Robert Albright

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Communications Planning

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Community Engagement

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

CASE STUDY | Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Every city builds neighbourhoods with sidewalks and roads, and homes, parks and arenas. Municipalities across Canada are realizing that it's not...

WEBINAR | OTF Transformative Action Series: Engagement Communautaire (FR)

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, French

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series: Collaborative Governance

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, 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 of collaborative...

CASE STUDY | Central Iowa's OpportUNITY Plan

Case Studies, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Shared Measurement

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Liz Weaver

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

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 the webinars and...

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 leaders must...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Webinar Series: Problem Identification

Webinars & Videos, Collective Impact, Liz Weaver

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

WEBINAR | Principles-Focused Evaluation: Featuring Mark Cabaj and Michael Quinn Patton

Webinars & 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 is yielding desired...

WEBINAR | Transformative Action Series: Community Engagement

Webinars & Videos, Community Engagement, Collective Impact

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

TOOL | The Engagement Continuum