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ARTICLE | Connecting the Dots: Collaborative Governance and the Collective Impact Backbone

Collective Impact, Articles, Sylvia Cheuy

A common topic of interest in the implementation of Collective Impact (CI) is the Backbone infrastructure and how it relates to the concept of collaborative governance. This article explores insights into the role of a CI Initiative’s Backbone infrastructure, highlights some common misperceptions about the Backbone role and offers some initial thoughts aimed at “connecting the dots” between it and the collaborative governance required.

Sylvia Cheuy

By Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.

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