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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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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Why we need a different approach to evaluation if we are to tackle complex problems

Complex problems are hard work. What makes them unnecessarily harder is the way we evaluate social policy and programs. If we are to make progress in complex problems, we need to rethink how we measure and evaluate social impact. Collaboration for Impact’s Founder and Director Kerry Graham explains. Nature of complex problems…

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Making Collective Impact work for larger Not For Profits

Doug Taylor is the Director for Strategic Engagement at Uniting and was previously CEO of United Way Australia. Here he reflects on his considerable experience in Collective Impact initiatives, on what works for larger Not for Profits. When my partner and I travel abroad with our children, we’ve developed a saying to manage…

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Go slow to go fast – a mantra for getting started with Collective Impact [archive]

This blog article was written by Kerry Graham and Dawn O’Neil for our predecessor site Collective Impact Australia and first appeared in April 2014. As the field of Collective Impact grows in Australia we are seeing many communities and causes grapple with the challenge of getting started.  What we observe is that…

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What does it take for a community to change the trajectory of its young people?

Kerry Graham, Director of Collaboration for Impact, together with members of the BurnieWorks initiative hosted a visit of key funders of The Search to Burnie – see her reflections on that visit and the community. What does it take for a community to change the trajectory of its young people? That…

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The importance of purpose

Collaboration for Impact’s Director Liz Skelton reflects on the importance of purpose in your collaborative efforts. In reflecting on one of the key reasons collaborations & organisations fail to make progress, a recurring theme – usually in its absence is the importance of purpose.  Over the years whenever Ive enquired re. the…

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‘Merge or shut down’: moving beyond debate towards real social change in Australia

Kevin Robbie, CEO of United Way Australia, calls for action and the need to collaborate across sectors to achieve real social change. This week’s call for charities to merge or shut down by David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia, has come at a tipping point for our sector. The communities we serve,…

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