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Collective Impact Principles of Practice

Posted on June 3, 2016
By Devon Kerslake

Knowledge of the three pre-conditions and five conditions of Collective Impact has grown exponentially since the original articles on this topic were first published by John Kania and Mark Kramer in the Winter of 2011. Since then, a growing field of practice in Collective Impact has been developing. Practitioners working in a diversity of fields are sharing insights and knowledge that they have gained as they work to translate Collective Impact into action across a range of issues and within a diverse array of communities and regions. collective-impact-principles-of-practice.jpg

As a sure sign of the maturity of the field, the Collective Impact Forum and their co-catalyst partners, of which Tamarack is one, recently released these Principles of Practice. In a recent blog unveiling these principles of practice, The CI Forum's Jennifer Splansky-Juster wrote, "while the five conditions Kania and Kramer initially identified are necessary, they are not sufficient to achieve impact at the population level. Informed by lessons shared among those who are implementing the approach in the field, this post outlines additional principles of practice that we believe can guide practitioners to successfully put collective impact into action. While many of these principles are not unique to collective impact, we have seen that the combination of the five conditions and these practices contributes to meaningful population-level change."

These principles were unveiled publicly for the first time at Tamarack's Champions for Change event in Halifax in April where participants had an opportunity to dialogue with one another about how to incorporate them into their own, evolving CI efforts.

As the field of Collective Impact continues to grow, opportunities to co-generate new knowledge and practice to support the effective implementation of this framework will become increasingly valuable.

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Devon Kerslake

By Devon Kerslake

Devon believes in the positive, transformative power of art for all communities great and small. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies with a special emphasis on Curatorial Practices. Following this degree, Devon worked for the Winnipeg Film Group supporting Canadian Independent film and for the University of Winnipeg Cultural Studies Research Group as a Project Coordinator specializing in academic learning events.

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