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WEBINAR | Poverty Perspectives

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

TOOL | Assessing the Effects of Local...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Community-Led Spectrum

Community Engagement, Tools

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

WEBINAR | Climate Change Champions

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Climate Change

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

CASE STUDY | Investing in Social...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Innovation and Leadership

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation

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, Sylvia Cheuy

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

GUIDE | Meaningfully Engaging Youth

Youth, Community Change, Guides, Communities Building Youth Futures, Youth Engagement

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

WEBINAR | Meaningfully Engaging Youth...

Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Communities Building Youth Futures, Youth Engagement

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:...

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Community Change, COVID-19

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

WEBINAR | People, Practice, and...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Systems Change, Community 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...

Tools, Youth, Community Change, Guides, Communities Building Youth Futures, Youth Engagement

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...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change

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...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community 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...

Collaborative Leadership, Liz Weaver, Leadership, COVID-19, Recovery

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

WEBINAR | Systems Leadership in Action

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Systems Change, Community Change, Pamela Teitelbaum

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...

Articles, Publications, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community, Guides, COVID-19, Recovery

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...

Webinars and Videos, Community Building, Community Change, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Turning Uncertainty into Bold...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community Change

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...

Webinars and Videos, Communities Building Youth Futures, Youth Engagement

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

WEBINAR | Basic Income: Business...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Business, Basic Income

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...

Webinars and Videos, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Change

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...

Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Change

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...

Webinars and Videos, Community Building, Cities Deepening Community, COVID-19, Recovery

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...

Webinars and Videos, Youth, Community Change, Working Remotely, Communities Building Youth Futures

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...

Articles, Publications, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Change, Circle

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...

Publications, Tools, Heather Keam, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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

ARTICLE | Connecting the Dots:...

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...

ARTICLE | Building Organizational...

Collective Impact, Articles, Sylvia Cheuy

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

RESOURCE | Five Interconnected...

Publications, 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...

Community Engagement, Lisa Attygalle, Leadership

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...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Lisa Attygalle, Community Change

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, COVID-19

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

ARTICLE | Asset-Based Community...

Articles, Publications, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Basic Income, Women

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:...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change, Pamela Teitelbaum

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

CASE STUDY | Central Iowa Shows...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Elle Richards

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...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Cities Reducing Poverty, food security, transportation

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...

Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Reconciliation, Pamela Teitelbaum, Racial Equity

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

Community Engagement, Tools

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 Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Collaboration, Community 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

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Youth, Basic Income

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

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Applied Theatre

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:...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Publications

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

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Leadership, Systems Change, Community Change

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

TOOL | Cellphilming

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools

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

CASE STUDY | London's Strengthening...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Basic Income: The...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Basic Income, COVID-19

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

TOOL | The Landscape Diagram

Collaborative Leadership, Tools

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

PAPER | Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, COVID-19

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

PUBLICATION | Cities Reducing Poverty:...

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Community Change, 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...

Articles, Community Building, Community Change, Justin Williams, COVID-19

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

Webinars and Videos, Systems Change, Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Addressing Global Issues with...

Webinars and Videos, Community Building, Cities Deepening Community, COVID-19

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

WEBINAR | The Courage of Conviction

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Community Change

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...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Community Building, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Virtual Community Engagement

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

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

...

CASE STUDY | Revelstoke Leveraging...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, COVID-19

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, COVID-19

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

WEBINAR | The Changing Role of...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change

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...

Webinars and Videos, Paul Born, Cities Reducing Poverty, 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

Community Engagement, Tools

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...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Basic Income

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...

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)...

Articles, Publications, Community Building, Community Development

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...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

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...

Webinars and Videos, Remote Work, Working Remotely

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...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

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...

Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community

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

GUIDE | Tamarack's Guidelines for...

Tools, Remote Work, 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...

Publications, Tools, Cities Reducing Poverty, Guides, 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...

Community Engagement, Cities Reducing Poverty, Income Security

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...

Webinars and Videos, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community

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

GUIDE | Foundations for Shared...

Publications, Tools, Cities Reducing Poverty, Shared Measurement, Guides

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...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

CASE STUDY | Common Indicators: Shared...

Case Studies, Publications, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

WEBINAR | Asking our Communities: A...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Paul Born

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

TOOL | Community Engagement Planning...

Community Engagement, Tools

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

TOOL | Creating Principles for...

Community Engagement, Tools

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...

Publications, Tools, Cities Reducing Poverty, Guides

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

WEBINAR | Building Social Capital...

Webinars and Videos, Community Development, Cities Deepening Community

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...

Evaluating Community Impact, Publications, Evaluation, Pamela Teitelbaum

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...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Publications, Community Innovation

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

The Learnings of John McKnight

Publications, Tools, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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

WEBINAR | Bridging Difference: Building...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Collaboration, Racial Equity

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

CASE STUDY | Fostering Community...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Publications, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Authentic Engagement with...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Lived Experience

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

SERIES | Introduction to Community...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky

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, Tools, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Guides

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

ARTICLE | Impact Reporting: From...

Evaluating Community Impact, Articles, Publications, Evaluation, Cities Reducing Poverty

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...

Community Engagement, Publications, Lisa Attygalle

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

WEBINAR | Reckoning, Repair, and...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Community Change, Racial Equity

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

GUIDE | Community Engagement for...

Community Engagement, Publications, Tools, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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

CASE STUDY | Reimagining Rural...

Community Engagement, Case Studies, Publications, ABCD, Rural, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Distilling Leadership:...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Leadership

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Cities Deepening Community

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, Isolation

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:...

Community Innovation, Galen MacLusky

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

WEBINAR | The Latest Trends in...

Webinars and Videos, Paul Born, Liz Weaver, 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...

Publications, Tools, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

WEBINAR | Scale Deep: Using a Feminist...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Systems Change, Pamela Teitelbaum

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

CASE STUDY | Alberta Proves that, Yes...

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

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

WEBINAR | Engaging Underrepresented...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos, Liz Weaver, Youth

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

CASE STUDY | Building a...

Case Studies, Emergency Preparedness, Cities Deepening Community

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

Guide | Asset-Based Community...

ABCD, Community Development, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

“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...

Collective Impact, Sylvia Cheuy, Community Change

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

GUIDE | Foundation for Building a...

Collective Impact, Publications, Tools, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Guides

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

WEBINAR | Navigating Community Change...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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

WEBINAR | Hosting Great Virtual Meetings

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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

CASE STUDY | TransformTO: Multisolving...

Collective Impact, Case Studies

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

WEBINAR | Innovating From the Middle...

Collaborative Leadership, Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, Public Health

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

Cities Reducing Poverty Membership...

Poverty Reduction, 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, Cities Deepening Community, Neighbourhoods, Guides

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

Annotated Bibliography: Emergency...

Emergency Preparedness, Cities Deepening Community, Guides

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

WEBINAR | Applying Principles-Focused...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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

WEBINAR | Bridging the Gap: Repairing...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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

Community Engagement, Tools

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Reducing Poverty

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...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change, Community Change Festival

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

Community Engagement, Tools, Evaluation

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

CASE STUDY | Four Phases of Poverty...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

CASE STUDY | Toronto's Lived Experience...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

WEBINAR | Building Inclusive Communities

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

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

SUMMARY | A Collection of Neighbourhood...

Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Principles and Practices of...

Webinars and Videos, ABCD, Cities Deepening Community

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

CASE STUDY | Becoming an Asset Based...

Case Studies, ABCD, Neighbourhoods

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...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Evaluation, Cities Deepening Community

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...

Membership, Brochure, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | The End of Working Poverty:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

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...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, 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:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

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:...

Community Innovation, Community Change, Galen MacLusky

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

BOOK | 10 – Engaging People with...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Illuminating Systems...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

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

TOOL | Rose, Bud, Thorn

Tools, Evaluation, Community Innovation

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...

Evaluating Community Impact, Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Innovation

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...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation, Community Innovation

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

TOOL | Developing an Evaluation User...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

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...

Cities Deepening Community, neighbours, Neighbourhoods

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

PAPER | Disruptive Times Require...

Community Change

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

WEBINAR | Power, Leadership, and...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

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

CASE STUDY | Strong and Connected...

Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

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

ARTICLE | A Guide to Identifying and...

ABCD, Cities Deepening Community, Neighbourhoods

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

WEBINAR | Rethinking Democracy:...

Community Engagement, Webinars and Videos

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...

Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

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:...

Webinars and Videos, Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty

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

ARTICLE | Outcome Harvesting:...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

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

ARTICLE | The Tyranny of Metrics: A...

Evaluating Community Impact, Tools, Evaluation

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...

Collective Impact, Tools

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

WEBINAR | Cultivating Local Collective...

Collective Impact, Webinars and Videos

The ability for local leaders from diverse sectors to work together to address their shared challenges and to realize a shared...

CASE STUDY | Strategy Renewal in Peel...

Case Studies, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

On September 18, 2018, the Peel Poverty Reduction Committee launched their second poverty reduction strategy and became the...

ARTICLE | Cities and the Federal...

Articles, Publications, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canada’s first national poverty reduction strategy, “Opportunity for All” is a welcomed move forward for those working to...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

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

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Leadership, governance, and backbone supports are three of the most important elements of a Collective Impact initiative....

TOOL | A Challenge in Hypnosis - The...

Community Engagement, Tools, Megan Wanless

This tool offers a simple and fun exercise that can help break down barriers between group members and provide a space and...

TOOL | Compendium of Collective Impact...

Collective Impact, Tools

Collective Impact initiatives generally follow five phases that each present unique challenges. The papers, tools and...

TOOL | Hosting a Data Walk

Community Engagement, Tools

A data walk is a powerful process for engaging diverse stakeholders in a shared sense-making process around data. Created by...

PAPER | Evaluating Systems Change...

Evaluating Community Impact, Mark Cabaj

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

WEBINAR | Keys to Success: Resident-Led...

Webinars and Videos, Community Change, Cities Deepening Community

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

WEBINAR | Evaluating Systems Change: A...

Webinars and Videos, Evaluation, Community Change

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

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...

WEBINAR | Global Perspectives on...

Webinars and 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...

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...

WEBINAR | Asset Mapping: Finding the...

Webinars and Videos, Cities Deepening Community, neighbours

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

CASE STUDY | Authentic Engagement: A...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Evaluating Community...

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...

WEBINAR | The Winnipeg Boldness...

Webinars and Videos, Community Innovation, Community Change

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

SUMMARY | A Collection of Poverty...

Publications, Tools, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Guides

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

PUBLICATION | Differentiating the...

Publications, Cities Deepening Community

In the community-building world, a significant number of local initiatives fail because the participants are not clear about...

PAPER | Reflections on Community...

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

WEBINAR | Municipal Housing Policy and...

Webinars and 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...

WEBINAR | Creating Abundant Community...

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

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

ARTICLE | What We Know So Far About...

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

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

TOOL | Peer Input Process

Community Engagement, Tools, Sylvia Cheuy

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

PAPER | State of Cities Reducing Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | Windsor-Essex: A Journey...

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Adam Vasey

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

WEBINAR | Planning an Evaluation of...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Engagement for...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Community Wisdom & Social...

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

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

PAPER | History of the Asset-Based...

Publications, ABCD, Community Innovation, Cities Deepening Community

This publication will give a brief introduction regarding the nature of Asset-Based Community Development and how it emerged....

CASE STUDY | New Westminster's...

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

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

WEBINAR | The End of Poverty

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

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

CASE STUDY | The National Housing...

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

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

CASE STUDY | Building Citizen Advocacy...

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

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

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...

CASE STUDY | Rockford's Data Walk on...

Community Engagement, Collective Impact, Case Studies, Sylvia Cheuy

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

PAPER | Making Sense of the Multiple...

Collaborative Leadership, Liz Weaver, Leadership, Community Change Festival

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

WEBINAR | Co-Design in Collaboration

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

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

TOOL | Bringing the Heart into...

Collective Impact, Tools, Liz Weaver

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

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