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WEBINAR | Power of Place

Where we live matters. The term ‘place-based’, in relation to foundations or national government bodies, is currently used to...

ARTICLE | Transforming Community Pain into Community Gain

In any place-based approach, organizations will encounter unforeseen obstacles, often in the form of policy or lack of...

ARTICLE | Exploring the Intersections of Climate Change & Poverty

Multi-solve approaches that simultaneously advance the end poverty agenda and tackles climate change hold great promise. In a...

FIELD NOTE | Climate Change and Ending Poverty

These field notes capture the experiences, ideas and insights shared during a workshop on the interrelated goals of ending...

FIELD NOTE | Sustainable Development Goals and Ending Poverty

These field notes capture the experiences, ideas and insights shared during a workshop on how the Sustainable Development...

WEBINAR | Communities Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (en anglais seulement)

During the annual Communities Ending Poverty (CEP) gathering in May 2021, Tamarack hosted a workshop on how two Communities...

WEBINAR | Climate Change and Ending Poverty (en anglais seulement)

In May 2021, Tamarack hosted a workshop on ending poverty and addressing climate change, with speakers from Climate Caucus,...

GRAPHIC RECORDING | The End of Poverty Summit

From May 5th to May 6th, poverty reduction organizers and advocates joined the first online End of Poverty Summit from homes...

WEBINAR | Culture, Collaboration, and Choice: A Values Approach

Successful collaborations launch their efforts with a conversation about how the collaborative leaders want to work together...

Building the Bridge to Youth Success: Overcoming the Digital Divide

The pandemic has intensified the digital divide for youth across Canada. Building the Bridge to Youth Success: Overcoming the...

CASE STUDY | Prince Albert Bridges the Digital Divide with Local Youth

The digital divide experienced by many youths in communities in Canada had a significant impact on youths’ ability to...

CASE STUDY | Portage la Prairie: Roving Campus Re-engages Students

Portage la Prairie’s Roving Campus is a new innovative initiative created by three local teachers with support from the...

CASE STUDY | Yellowknife Youth Reach Their Dreams Through Technology and Mentorship

Yellowknife is home to about 2,600 young people ages 15 to 24 with differences in race, cultural backgrounds, and privilege,...

CASE STUDY | Harvesting Local Gifts and Assets at the Centennial Community Garden

Community gardens have been popping up in cities across Canada and have been proven to have many health benefits such as...

GUIDE | Innovative Project Guides

In the Summer of 2020, these four driven youth were selected by the Tamarack Institute as part of the Communities Building...

WEBINAR | Building Ecosystems for Positive Change

There are many ways of creating social change. For those looking for lasting systemic change, ‘ecosystem building’ has become...

WEBINAR | Democracy - A New Idea For Government to Do 'With' Not 'For'

In this webinar, John McKnight and David Mathews explored why there is a loss of faith in governing institutions, why doing...

CASE STUDY | Community Health and Social Services Network

In September 2020, the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) in Quebec celebrated 20 years of leadership,...

WEBINAR | Monitoring Outcomes & Measuring Impact

The Opportunity Youth Forum was launched in 2012 as a national movement to create innovative, place-based and collaborative...

WEBINAR | How Basic Income Can Drive Economic Recovery, Jobs, and Poverty Reduction

A new report, Potential Economic Impacts and Reach of Basic Income Programs, finds that Basic Income could be both a...

WEBINAR | Cities Developing Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery (en anglais seulement)

The impacts of COVID-19 have been profound. Communities have had to deal with incredible loss, businesses have suffered,...

CASE STUDY | Leeds & Grenville Reduces Poverty Through Tax Filing

Helping people file their taxes is a very impactful poverty reduction action at the community-level. Tax credits and benefits...

WEBINAR | Communities Mobilizing to Build Youth Futures

Youth are the future of our communities. The more we can support them to be successful, the more we are helping our...

BOOK | 10 - A Guide for a Community-Based COVID Recovery

Authored by Lisa Attygalle, Director of Community Engagement, and Paul Born, President of Tamarack Institute, 10 – A Guide...

WEBINAR | Innovative Approaches to Ending Social Isolation in Canada

After months of social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are facing what some are calling a “loneliness...

CASE STUDY | Building a Neighbourhood Plan - Doing With Not For

Traditional models of housing services are that they are responsible for social housing programs and property management of...

WEBINAR | Making the Case for Arts-Based Engagement

The Arts bring life to our communities. They spark joy. They teach. It connects. They ask us to see things differently. But so...

WEBINAR | The Power of Co-Design

Co-Design is a collaborative approach that actively involves a diverse stakeholder group (e.g. staff, partners, citizens,...

CASE STUDY | Montréal: Collective Impact and the Power of Place

Montreal’s Collective Impact Project (CIP), which launched in 2015, is an innovative and inspiring example of Collective...

PUBLICATION | 2015-2020 Cities Reducing Poverty Five-Year Impact

Founded in 2002, Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) has grown to support more than 330 municipalities represented by 80 regional...

WEBINAR | Indigenous Perspectives on Poverty Reduction

The pandemic has underscored many of the disparities and inequities in our country, including the disproportionate impact of...

WEBINAR | Assessing the Effects of Local Intersectoral Action: A New Online Tool

What lessons can we derive from a multi-year research and evaluation process focused on understanding the impact of local...

CASE STUDY | Harnessing Data: Evidence-Based Practice in Chatham-Kent

Data is a powerful tool for community change efforts. It is the foundation for understanding, tackling, and marking progress...

WEBINAR | Creating Equitable and Resilient places

During the novel pandemic, many communities have demonstrated the leadership capacity to stay resilient using/improving their...

PAPER | Assessing Readiness for Community-Engaged Evaluation

In order to gather evidence about 'how' impact is happening, not just 'what' and 'why' it’s happening, evaluators are ...

TOOL | Assessing the Effects of Local Intersectoral Action

The Tool for Assessing the Effects of Local Intersectoral Action is an interactive online tool. It generates information for...

TOOL | Community-Led Spectrum

There has been a marked increase in the demand for Community-Led approaches to change as community organizations and some...

WEBINAR | Climate Change Champions

In this webinar, members of Tamarack's Board of Directors - Lori Hewson, Mary Pickering, and Ana Gonzalez Guerrero - discuss...

CASE STUDY | Investing in Social Capital Pays Off During a Crisis

Did you know that during an emergency your neighbours will likely be your first responders? When COVID-19 forced communities...

WEBINAR | Poverty Perspectives

Kerry Nolan and Kate Gunn have been involved in leading anti poverty work initiatives in Peel Region, Whitehorse and Edmonton....

WEBINAR | Innovation and Leadership

In this webinar, members of Tamarack's Board of Directors, Shauna Sylvester, Director of Simon Fraser University’s Wosk Centre...

PAPER | Evolving the Practice of Collective Impact: Inspiration from the Field

Since John Kania and Mark Kramer’s article was published in 2011, understanding of Collective Impact (CI) has evolved beyond...

GUIDE | Meaningfully Engaging Youth

We co-developed this guide with youth leaders and representatives from youth-serving organizations to shine a light on the...

WEBINAR | Meaningfully Engaging Youth in Evaluation

How can we ensure that the work we do is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice? Meaningfully engaging youth often...

PUBLICATION | Cities Reducing Poverty: 2020 Impact Report

The Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty 2020 Impact Report is our first attempt at capturing and communicating...

WEBINAR | People, Practice, and Transformational Change

In this webinar, John Kania and Liz Weaver discuss the challenges we face while working for transformational change and impact.

FIELD NOTE | Understanding Youth Through Empathy Mapping

How can you meaningfully engage youth in community change? How can we design a strategy to ensure youth leadership and youth...

WEBINAR | Engaging Community for Evaluation

How do we ensure evaluation is inclusive, equitable, and community-driven? What criteria do we use? How do we help others use...

WEBINAR | Leadership for Navigating Change

Listen as Bill Fulton and Jodi Hardin from The Civic Canopy in Denver, Colorado share their reflections on the leadership...

PAPER | Leadership for Navigating Uncertainty

Given the scale of disruptive forces unleashed by the global pandemic, the social movements which inspired action to respond...

WEBINAR | Systems Leadership in Action

In this webinar, Pamela Teitelbaum, our Director of Evaluating Impact will hosted Tatiana Fraser and Rachel Sinha from Systems...

FIELD NOTE | Nine Ways to Create An Asset-Based Recovery Plan

Organizations and groups across the globe are trying to find the right way to move into the recovery phase of the pandemic....

WEBINAR | Rekindling Democracy - An Interview with Cormac Russell

As we look at community recovery planning across Canada, many organizations are asking what their role is in deepening...

WEBINAR | Turning Uncertainty into Bold Action

In this webinar, Diana Renner shares her thoughts about being at the threshold of change and ambiguity. She will help us shift...

WEBINAR | Engaging Youth: Inspiring Stories & Lessons Learned

Engagement is critical for all programs, services, and initiatives that impact youth. Both youth and organizations that serve...

WEBINAR | Basic Income: Business Perspectives

Calls for Basic Income have been gaining ground on both sides of the political spectrum over the last several months due to...

WEBINAR | Tools for Harnessing Collective Creativity

Whether the meeting you are hosting is virtual or face-to-face, being intentional about how you design and facilitate it can...

WEBINAR | Navigating Change: Three Tools for Moving from Response to Resilience

Navigating disruption and change is challenging. During times of chaos and dramatic change, we find it difficult to envision...

WEBINAR | Asset Based Recovery: How to Put Community at the Center

Communities across the globe are starting to move from crisis to recovery in response to COVID-19. But how might we think...

WEBINAR | Virtual Work is Here - A Guide for Youth in the Virtual Workforce

In March 2020, the youth unemployment rate in Canada increased to 16.8%, the highest it has ever been. With fewer physical job...

GUIDE | Five Steps For Building Strong and Sustainable Groups

Research from around the world is clear about the need to collaborate and build partnerships to make sustainable change in our...

WEBINAR | Circle: A Container for Hosting Conversations that Matter

In this time of uncertainty and great upheaval there is a growing desire to do things differently. We are hungry for new...

FIELD NOTE | Moving Programs and Practices Online

During the pandemic organizations are having to rethink how they implement programs and activities. Are face to face meetings,...

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

A common topic of interest in the implementation of Collective Impact (CI) is the Backbone infrastructure and how it relates...

ARTICLE | Building Organizational Readiness for Collective Impact

For leaders who are considering whether or not to start – or join – a Collective Impact initiative, this article explores key...

RESOURCE | Five Interconnected Practices for Community Change

At the Tamarack Institute, we have been observing local change efforts across a spectrum of community issues and experiences...

PAPER | Understanding Community-Led Approaches to Community Change

There has been a marked increase in demand for ‘Community-Led’ approaches to change across the country. Black Lives Matter,...

WEBINAR | Being Accountable to our Communities: What are we Promising and How are we Working Together?

Listen as Lisa Attygalle joins with Rich Harwood—President and Founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation—to...

WEBINAR | How Cities Are Responding to the Pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty (VC–CRP) members across Canada have responded to...

ARTICLE | Asset-Based Community Recovery Framework

We find ourselves in a unique time, searching for answers to a problem whose scope is beyond anything we have ever encountered...

WEBINAR | Basic Income: Towards Gender Equity

Gender equality is still far from being realized. In terms of economic parity, the World Economic Forum ranked women and girls...

WEBINAR | At Home with Uncertainty: Practical Outcome Mapping Concepts and Tools

Outcome Mapping is an approach to evaluative thinking and practice which embeds a particular way of thinking about development...

CASE STUDY | Central Iowa Shows Reducing Poverty is Possible

Since 2015, 36,000 more central Iowans are now financially self-sufficient.Central Iowa has achieved success in poverty...

CASE STUDY | New Brunswick's COVID Response to Vulnerable Populations

When COVID-19 restrictions were announced in New Brunswick, communities were ready to respond quickly to the needs of...

WEBINAR | Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation

What does it look like to create a culture of equity and reconciliation in practice? How do we enable and support change at...

TOOL | Virtual Community of Practice

Are you are looking to build connection and capacity across a diverse team in a virtual environment? Developing a Virtual...

WEBINAR | Tenacity, Humility, and Collaborative Change

Listen as Tom Klaus and Liz Weaver engage in a conversation about the elements of tenacity, humility and how these play out...

WEBINAR | Basic Income and Youth

Young people are facing a range of systemic issues that will significantly impact their futures as they enter the job market,...

WEBINAR | Theatre for Change

Have you ever considered using theatre as a tool for community change? Around the world, theatre is being picked up as an...

CASE STUDY | Guelph's Community Plan: Embracing a Year of Listening

A Community Plan is a comprehensive, long-term planning process designed to set a broad vision and strategic direction for an...

WEBINAR | Living the Future

Join Dr. Glenda Eoyang and Liz Weaver as they explore the following questions in an animated conversation about the future....

TOOL | Cellphilming

Cellphilming is a participatory video technique for creating learning experiences, collecting data and sharing stories in your...

CASE STUDY | London's Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy

“The heart and essence of every city and community are its neighbourhoods.” This belief is central to London, Ontario’s...

WEBINAR | Basic Income: The International Response to COVID-19

This webinar brings together government representatives and Basic Income advocates from Canada, the United States and Europe...

TOOL | The Landscape Diagram

The Landscape Diagram, developed by Human Systems Dynamics Institute, is a useful tool to help community changemakers see,...

PAPER | Collective Impact Post-Pandemic: A Framework for Response, Recovery and Resilience

Through the lens of Collective Impact, this paper examines three important stages for leaders to consider when navigating our...

PUBLICATION | Cities Reducing Poverty: Responding to COVID-19

Through the COVID-19 crisis, Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty (VC–CRP) has responded to meet urgent community...

ARTICLE | Planning for the Future During Uncertainty

The COVID-19 Pandemic makes it difficult to think about the future, while also making it crucial that changemakers plan for...

WEBINAR | The Power of One

Cameron Norman and Liz Weaver explore the role of the individual changemakers in systems change. Like the butterfly effect,...

WEBINAR | Addressing Global Issues with Community

Community is the lifeblood of every place. Positive relationships between neighbours boosts the wellbeing of everyone in the...

WEBINAR | The Courage of Conviction

Moira Were and Liz Weaver discuss how to step into our convictions with courage. Activism is lived daily through small and...

WEBINAR | An Introduction to Collective Impact

The Collective Impact model provides a structure for multiple organizations to forge a common agenda for solving a complex and...

WEBINAR | Virtual Community Engagement

This webinar provides guidance, practical tips and tools for collaborative groups to take their community engagements online.

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CASE STUDY | Revelstoke Leveraging COVID-19 to Build Community Resilience

While the impact of COVID-19 has been swift and intense, Revelstoke, BC has mobilized its response to the pandemic in an...

WEBINAR | Mushkiki (medicine) Healing Self and Systems

How can we heal the system in a time of intense challenge? It starts with healing yourself.

WEBINAR | The Changing Role of Philanthropy

Listen as Louise, Sophie and Liz engage in a conversation about the changing role and impact of philanthropy, and explore how...

WEBINAR | Poverty in the Face of COVID-19

In the past year, Canada has made some incredible strides to reduce poverty, even reaching the lowest level of poverty in its...

TOOL | Virtual Peer Input Process

Do you have a new idea or process that you would like to test? The Virtual Peer Input Process is a quick and structured way to...

CASE STUDY | Mobilizing Indigenous Wisdom & Leadership with Collective Impact

What becomes possible when the leadership and wisdom of an entire community intentionally works together to ensure the best...

WEBINAR | Findings from Ontario's Basic Income Experience

In March 2020, McMaster University published a study on the results of Ontario's Basic Income Pilot project which was...

WEBINAR | Co-Matters: Insights Into Community Innovation and Getting Through COVID-19

As we navigate the rapidly changing world around us let’s catch a breath, and take time to look at how we can apply what we’ve...

ARTICLE | On Not Letting (Another) Crisis Go to Waste

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the opportunity to learn, adapt and innovate from the symptoms that created the...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact 3.0 in Dynamic and Disruptive Times

Join Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver as they review the evolution of Collective Impact 3.0, and discuss the role of Collective...

WEBINAR | Working Remotely: Lessons from the Tamarack Team

Join, Paul, Liz and members of the Tamarack team as they reflect on working remotely and how this approach can work...

WEBINAR | Beyond the Project: Fostering Ongoing Engagement with Your Community

There is a growing interest and desire for organizations to engage with community members on an ongoing basis, to build...

WEBINAR | Evaluating your Asset-Based Community Development Process

We often think that community development in intangible, or uncountable, but, there are certain aspects of community work that...

GUIDE | Tamarack's Guidelines for Working Remotely

We're sharing our own guide for working remotely to support the organizations and workers that are transitioning to remote...

FIELD NOTE | A Model for Workforce Development

Workforce Development is about economic prosperity, but what makes this approach unique is that it focuses on people rather...

WEBINAR | Ending Poverty: Making Basic Income Feasible in Canada

A new report from the Basic Income Network Canada uses Statistics Canada data to prove that Basic Income is no longer a...

WEBINAR | Applying ABCD in an Urban Indigenous Context

In this webinar, Lori Sokoluk shared stories on how she has aligned the Asset-Based Community Development approach with the...

GUIDE | Foundations for Shared Measurement

How do you track and report on the success of your collaborative? How do you establish whether your initiative is working,...

CASE STUDY | Saskatoon's Journey to a Common Agenda for Collective Impact

What does it take to achieve meaningful and inclusive change? Saskatoon’s Poverty Reduction Partnership has adopted a unique...

CASE STUDY | Common Indicators: Shared Measurement in Sault Ste. Marie

The thought of shared measurement can be intimidating. In fact, it’s been compared to “traditional measurement on steroids”...

WEBINAR | Asking our Communities: A Journey to Understand Participation and Involvement

How do you engage your community to get input on a particular issue? Last year, the Vancouver Foundation received responses...

TOOL | Community Engagement Planning Canvas

This planning canvas will help you work through the main considerations when planning to engage any segment of your community.

TOOL | Creating Principles for Engagement

The process of creating principles for engagement allows you to thoughtfully consider the unique needs of and relationship you...

GUIDE | Developing A Common Agenda For A Poverty Reduction Plan

This guide outlines a proven, appreciative inquiry approach that Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty has developed...

WEBINAR | Building Social Capital through Community Development

What do you do once you have mapped out the assets in your community? How can you engage residents to share their gifts and...

PAPER | Strengthening Evaluation Literacy

Over time reframing evaluation in our work to be more participatory and collaborative leads to higher levels of learning,...

CASE STUDY | How to Connect Diverse Leaders Around a Common Purpose

Leaders in the towns of Kingsville and Leamington, Ontario are spearheading an innovative cross-community initiative for...

The Learnings of John McKnight

This compilation of learnings written by John McKnight are ideas and thoughts that will help you understand the Asset-Based...

WEBINAR | Bridging Difference: Building Authentic Collaborative Partnerships

Impactful collaboration is built on the frame of authentic partnerships.  Increasingly, complex community challenges require...

CASE STUDY | Fostering Community Through Neighbourhood Grants

Neighbourhood grants have been popping up across the country. These locally-based, resident-driven grants pave the way for...

WEBINAR | Authentic Engagement with People of Lived/Living Experience

In this webinar, Cheryl Whiskeyjack, from the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, discussed lessons from their engagement...

SERIES | Introduction to Community Innovation

In this series of webinars you'll learn what community innovation is, how it has changed the way we look at community change...

TOOL | Collective Impact in Practice

Collective Impact supports communities to address complex social issues and create lasting solutions to social problems on a...

ARTICLE | Impact Reporting: From Activities to Outcome

Tracking, counting, and reporting the number of hours spent on a program or project? It may be interesting data, but it’s...

PAPER | Creating the Culture for Engagement

Fear is one of the biggest barriers that prevents changemakers from applying authentic community engagement practices. In this...

WEBINAR | Reckoning, Repair, and Change: Authentically Advancing Racial Equity

In this webinar, Liz Weaver, Veronica Borgonovi, and Hayling Price discuss how community changemakers can advance racial...

GUIDE | Community Engagement for Developing a Neighbourhood Strategy

What is a neighbourhood’s greatest asset? The people who live there! Residents have the most knowledge about the neighbourhood...

CASE STUDY | Reimagining Rural Communities Using ABCD

In the past, rural communities across Canada depended on settlers to build the roads, infrastructure, schools and...

WEBINAR | Distilling Leadership: Practical Lessons for Community Leaders

In this webinar, Jay Robb and Liz Weaver discuss what business books, and their own experience, have to say about community...

WEBINAR | Collective Impact through the Lens of ABCD and RBA

What change is your community striving for? Are you using a Collective Impact approach to get there? If so, it’s likely that...

WEBINAR | Social Patches: The Art of Reweaving our Relational Fabric

The pressures of life today and the tools designed to help us efficiently handle our complex world are taking us out of...

PAPER | Creating Fertile Soil: Catalyzing Community Innovation

Interested in supporting innovation in your community? This paper highlights some of the important enabling conditions for...

WEBINAR | The Latest Trends in Community Change

In this webinar, Paul Born and Liz Weaver, Co-CEOs at Tamarack, shared a thoughtful discussion on some community change trends...

Tool | Developing Poverty Reduction Timelines

This tool provides a compilation of Cities Reducing Poverty members’ anticipated vs. actual timeframes for developing their...

WEBINAR | Scale Deep: Using a Feminist Approach to Shift Systems

Systems change practice offers new approaches to leadership and collaboration that help leaders address complexity in new...

CASE STUDY | Alberta Proves that, Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty

Alberta has experienced one of the most dramatic reductions in poverty on record. Over two years, poverty was reduced for more...

WEBINAR | Engaging Underrepresented Youth

Engaging underrepresented youth can be a challenge to youth serving organizations working across different programs in the...

CASE STUDY | Building a Neighbourhood-Based Urban Climate Adaptation Infrastructure

Canadian communities across the country are facing the devastating consequences of increasingly severe weather such as extreme...

Guide | Asset-Based Community Development at a Glance

“Asset Based Community Development” or ABCD looks for, and starts from people’s gifts and strengths (assets). These assets...

PAPER | Changing How I Think About Community Change

Many traditional approaches for addressing a complex issue like poverty, health & climate action have, until recently,...

GUIDE | Foundation for Building a Common Agenda

A commonly expressed challenge within the Cities Reducing Poverty learning community is how to get to a common agenda for...

WEBINAR | Yes We Can! Federal Strategies that Reduce Poverty

Last August, Canada released its first-ever poverty reduction strategy with an official poverty line and a goal to reduce...

WEBINAR | Navigating Community Change Trends

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, the ownership of data, and agile leadership are just four of the many trends impacting...

WEBINAR | Hosting Great Virtual Meetings

Can online meetings be as engaging and productive as face-to-face meetings? Maggie Chumbley believes the answer is: absolutely...

CASE STUDY | TransformTO: Multisolving in Action

Multisolving is a strategic approach to finding solutions to the interconnected problems facing the climate and human society...

WEBINAR | Innovating From the Middle Space of Community Change

Community Changemakers are called upon to manage from a middle space. That place where the future is uncertain, but the...

WEBINAR | Ending Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Public Health Perspective

Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Ontario’s...

Cities Reducing Poverty Membership Directory

Vibrant Communities Canada provides support to a network of 80 local poverty reduction roundtables, led by collaborative...

GUIDE | Building Your Case For A Neighbourhood Strategy

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

Annotated Bibliography: Emergency Preparedness

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

WEBINAR | Applying Principles-Focused Evaluation

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

WEBINAR | Bridging the Gap: Repairing Relationships for Stronger Community Engagement

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

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 Collective Impact Approach

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 Privilege in Community Change

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

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

CASE STUDY | Four Phases of Poverty Reduction in Saint John

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

CASE STUDY | Toronto's Lived Experience Advisory Group: Advising On A Municipal Strategy

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

WEBINAR | Building Inclusive Communities

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

SUMMARY | A Collection of Neighbourhood Strategies

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

WEBINAR | Principles and Practices of Asset Based Community Development

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

CASE STUDY | Becoming an Asset Based Community Development City

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 Neighbourhood Action Strategy

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 Deepening Community Membership

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

WEBINAR | The End of Working Poverty: Effective Public Policy

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 of 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: Employer Strategies

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: Behavioural Insights for Community Change

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

BOOK | 10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

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

CASE STUDY | Illuminating Systems Change in Winnipeg

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

TOOL | Rose, Bud, Thorn

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 Canvas: A Tool for Planning to Evaluate Systems

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 Canvas

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

TOOL | Developing an Evaluation User Profile

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 Inclusive Community Engagement

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

PAPER | Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

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

WEBINAR | Power, Leadership, and Community: Common Ground or Crisis?

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

CASE STUDY | Strong and Connected Neighbourhood, Waterloo's Neighbourhood Strategy

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

ARTICLE | A Guide to Identifying and Sharing a Neighborhood’s Educational Assets with Young People

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

WEBINAR | Rethinking Democracy: Strategies That Put Citizens at the Centre

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 Resources Part Six: Engaging Stakeholders to Build Movements for Change

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

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact Resources Part Five: Evaluating Collective Impact Efforts

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: Strategies

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

ARTICLE | Outcome Harvesting: Principles, Steps, and Evaluation Applications

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

ARTICLE | The Tyranny of Metrics: A Review by Mark Cabaj

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 Resources Part Four: Building Resilient and Sustainable Collective Impact Initiatives

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

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