RESOURCES – Evaluating complex community change Master Class

This month Collaboration for Impact hosted Mark Cabaj – international thought and practice leader on evaluating change in complex settings, social innovation and systems change.  Mark is the President of From Here to There Consulting and previous Vice President of Tamarack Institute. Together, Collaboration for Impact and Mark delivered 3 Master Classes around the…

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Insights from a Collective Impact initiative in Australia

In August 2014 David Lilley, on behalf of United Way Australia, began scoping a Collective Impact initiative in Mt Druitt Western Sydney. Within the Mt Druitt postcode (2770), approximately one in three children still start school each year identified as ‘developmentally vulnerable’, despite decades of investment and hundreds of services…

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Collective Impact 3.0

As part of the Tamarack Institute’s 2016 Community Change Series, Tamarack thought leader, Mark Cabaj, and myself decided to review the Collective Impact framework with a new perspective. When Collective Impact first hit the scene many years ago, it was viewed as a revolution in the world of social change….

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The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact: Through the Lens of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability

Community Engagement – one of the most powerful components of collective impact success, as well as the most misunderstood according to Dan Duncan, Snr Consultant at Results Leadership Group and a Faculty Member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. The difference between engaging the people we serve as advisors to help…

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Ten Places where Collective Impact gets it Wrong

This thought-provoking article written by Tom Wolff argues that while the Collective Impact framework brings much needed focus to coalition forming in bringing about transformative change, it also gets much about collaboration wrong. The article first appeared in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. Author Tom Wolff is a US-based consultant…

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Live blog from Complexity & Evaluation conference: How do I start evaluating in complexity? Mark Cabaj

The purpose of Developmental evaluation is to create, develop or radically adapt a model or approach. Questions we would be asking are what are we learning about the problem or challenge and its context? What are areas of promise? What is our “theory of change” and implications for design? What…

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Live blog from Complexity & Evaluation Conference: Michael Quinn Patton keynote

Complexity & evaluation in an uncertain world Participants in the conference kicked off by outlining the key issues they are grappling with? How do we get buy in to work in partnership? Measuring intangibles Letting go of personal gain and moving into shared space – grappling with fear, unknown Shift…

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The Case for Developmental Evaluation

As we count down to our first ever Developmental Evaluation conference, like our American counterparts, we see the interest in this type of evaluation gathering still more interest and gaining momentum here in Australia as across the world. This blog, written by Marcie Pankhurst, Hallie Preskill, Jewlya Lynn and Marah…

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