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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Lost Conversations – Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together

It’s time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate. It’s time we learnt to find new ways to lead together.   Lost Conversations—a book which brings together perspectives from a diversity of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous authors, all with first hand knowledge of what happens when ‘black’ and ‘white’…

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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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Collaboration for Impact Conference May 2016 – slides & presentations

On 5 and 6 May 2016, Collaboration for Impact came together with partners Centre for Social Impact and Social Leadership Australia to present Collaboration for Impact. The conference was designed to help us bring collaborative approaches to life in work and community. Delegates were introduced to the latest thinking and doing in collaboration and Collective Impact and learnt how…

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Community Engagement: Why it Matters

Collaboration for Impact is pleased to launch Engage for Impact, the first stream of our learning program for 2016; a series of blogs, resources, tools and events designed to promote your understanding of meaningful community engagement, to demonstrate good practice principles and to assist you to determine what successful engagement looks like and…

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Complexity & Evaluation Conference: slides and blogs

On 16 and 17 March 2016, 80 social innovators, evaluators and policy makers came together to share learnings on how to understand the progress and impact of initiatives addressing complex problems.  The learnings were rich! Below are the some of the slides and live blogs from the Complexity and Evaluation Conference 2016. Day 1:…

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Tools for Backbones – toolkits from Collective Impact Forum & The Spark Policy Institute

What is a Backbone? Although the term “backbone” comes from collective impact literature, the concept of a backbone is relevant to many large-scale systemic change strategies. The impact of a backbone on the success of a cross-sector, cross-system collaboration can not be underestimated. The Backbone Organisation helps maintain overall strategic coherence…

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How to Manage Complex Problem Conditions

A Social Services Perspective by Robert Flynn & Kerry Graham 1.0           INTRODUCTION We have written this short article with a specific audience in mind, namely those of you in social change leadership roles in Australia-NZ. We know that you have to deal with an increasing number and variety of complex…

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