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Introducing the Collective Impact Toolkit

Posted on February 3, 2022
By Liz Weaver

We’re excited to publicly launch our Collective Impact Toolkit resource to assist other change-makers and organizations on their own Collective Impact journey. We want to equip you with the practical tools needed to navigate the various pre-conditions, conditions, and phases of a long-term Collective Impact effort.

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The Collective Impact framework was launched in 2011 by John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG Consulting. Their Stanford Social Innovation Review article of the same name  distilled some of the key ingredients of successful community efforts to move “from fragmented action and results” to “collective action and deep and durable impact.” The approach was built on five conditions: common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support.

Since 2011, Collective Impact’s popularity has exploded and is now employed across the globe by coalitions and collaboratives working to impact poverty, homelessness, climate change, the justice system, student achievement and many more issues and opportunities.

At the Tamarack Institute, we recognize the importance of long-term commitment in a Collective Impact initiative. In 2016, Tamarack published Collective Impact 3.0 which built on the original framework and deepened our understanding of how to get the most out of intentional, collective action.

We’re excited to publicly launch our Collective Impact Toolkit resource to assist other change-makers and organizations on their own Collective Impact journey. We want to equip you with the practical tools needed to navigate the various pre-conditions, conditions, and phases of a long-term Collective Impact effort. The tools and resources contained within are pulled from over twenty years of community change work, informed in partnership with local changemakers from communities across the globe.

Collective Impact works but requires commitment, content and context expertise, and time. We hope that this toolkit provides you with enough resources to get started on your Collective Impact journey, and enough knowledge and wisdom to help you ask the right questions of the right people along the way.

Our doors are always open — we welcome any feedback, questions, or encouragement as you embark on your Collective Impact journey. 

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Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Tools, Learning, Homepage Blog


Liz Weaver

By Liz Weaver

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Co-CEO and Director, Learning Centre. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

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