Recruiting Backbone Leaders

by David Lilley Senior Advisor Community Impact at United Way Australia (part time), an Associate at Collaboration for Impact, and Principal Consultant at Holos Consulting. One of the most common topics of conversation in collective impact is how to develop and/or recruit right backbone leaders. If we listen to the old adage, we should “recruit…

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FSG & The Collective Impact Forum – The Backbone Starter Guide

For collective impact initiatives, the backbone support is a critical component of the infrastructure that enables these collaborative, multi-sector efforts to advance systems-level change. It is also one of the most unique elements of collective impact, distinguishing the approach from several other forms of  collaboration. The Backbone Starter Guide summarizes…

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What innovation in community engagement looks like

By Sharon Fraser, former manager, Go Goldfields With Innovation in Community Engagement on in Sydney on 13-14 November, we thought it would be a good idea to ask, “Just what do we mean by innovation in community engagement?” First, a little story This time last year at Go Goldfields we…

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Three keys to a great deliberative community engagement process

by Max Hardy, Principal, Max Hardy Consulting and Associate, Collaboration for Impact DELIBERATIVE ENGAGEMENT is an approach to community engagement that is becoming increasingly popular. For this we can largely thank academics like Prof Lyn Carson and her website www.activedemocracy.net as well as the positive experiences of participants. Some recent…

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Collaboration for Impact 2017 Conference – resources

On 17 & 18 July 2017 23 collaborative initiatives , 15 practice leaders and 200 participants from all sectors came together to learn about how cross-sector collaboration, community empowerment and a focus on systems change are improving outcomes in communities across Australia.  Below are the slides and resources presented at sessions across…

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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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