Introducing our 2018 Learning Calendar

Collaboration for Impact (CFI) is delighted to announce the launch of its best yet annual CFI 2018 Learning Program [PDF].

In addition to our flagship annual conference, this year-long program of learning is our way of making all the knowledge, practice guides, tools, tips and other resources we have developed available to everyone in this emerging field of practice: from those at the beginning stages of their journey as a collaborators to those more experienced practitioners—offering you an appropriate and high-value learning experience at the time you need it most.

The suite of webinars, masterclasses, workshops, case-studies and conferences is the result of CFI’s now-more-than-four-years’ close, hand-in-hand work with over 50 diverse cross-sector collaborative initiatives across Australia.

The content has been especially devised both in response to your feedback, and as a result of our deepening understanding of the learning needs of the growing community of practice in this growing field. Each element has been designed to match the stage you may be at in your pathway to change, using CFI’s unique ‘Collaborative Change Cycle’—which is both a descriptive guide and a planning tool that identifies the clear milestones for working collaboratively with complexity. (You’ll love it! More here or join our webinar on 15 February)

Collaborative Change Cycle

Each element on the learning calendar will be delivered by one or more of CFI’s network of 15 highly skilled directors and associates. So you can be sure you will be learning from actual, experienced practitioners—not theorists—with roots deep within collaborative, community-led endeavours.

This is an invitation to build your confidence and your skills as a change maker in comprehensive community change and complexity, and to join a growing community of practice in this exciting and challenging field. We encourage you to have a look at the calendar and start planning your learning journey now!

Want to look over the learning program with your team or collaborators?  Download this PDF: CFI 2018 Learning Program.

LEADING COLLABORATIONS: Intensive workshop – Making Collaborations Work: practical applied leadership for collaboration & systems change

When: 14 & 15 March, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Where: Sydney CBD

Learn how to apply emerging theory and practice to build and develop your cross-sector collaboration for systems change – the type of impact that improves outcomes for whole populations or generations by changing the underlying conditions, behaviour and relationships.

Offering a combination of individual and group learning, practical frameworks and practice sessions, this intensive workshop will teach you about the leadership skills, and the tools and processes required to establish, grow and scale your collaborative initiative effectively.

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ENGAGING COMMUNITY: Webinar showcasing Hands Up Mallee’s community engagement approach

When: 21 March 2018 at 1:30pm (AEST)

Where: Online - the webinar link will be sent to you after you register

Hands Up Mallee is a collective impact initiative that channelled the voice, aspirations and priorities of 1600 community members into the development of their common agenda.  They also formed and enabled a diverse Community Leaders Table of 20 citizens to join with government and service leaders to determine the agenda for their community.  Register for this webinar to hear why and how they did this and the impact community mobilisation and leadership has had in their region.

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LEADING COLLABORATIONS: Webinar – leadership interviews with people who are changing the system, Rodney Greene from Burnie Works

When: 12 April 2018 at 1:30pm (AEST)

Where: Online - the webinar link will be sent to you after you register

Effective leadership for systems change is critically needed if we are to make progress in the complex issues that people and communities are grappling with around Australia. Yet systems leadership is not well understood or valued. As part of this webinar series, we interview Rodney Greene from Burnie Works—a leader who is changing the way the government, community, business and service provider systems work together in Burnie, Tasmania, so that all young people remain engaged in school and transition into employment.

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DESIGNING COLLABORATION: Workshop – Using systems thinking to design your collaboration

When: 17 & 18 April, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Melbourne CBD

If you are pursuing large-scale social impact then it follows that you must be changing the system as well as reforming services.  Improving service delivery and integration is essential but not enough to create population level change.

But what does it mean to change the system?  How are system interventions different from service delivery programmatic ones?  And how does your collaboration use systems thinking to develop an effective strategy?

This workshop will answer these questions.  Through an interactive and applied format, you will be introduced to systems thinking and a toolkit for collaboratively assessing systems and then generating, prioritising and implementing systems change interventions.

This workshop was developed in 2017 by Collaboration for Impact and CSIRO’s Livelihood and Adaptive Development Team, with support from Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).  These partners are working together to offer this workshop more broadly to the Australian and International social change sectors in 2018.

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DATA AND SHARED MEASUREMENT: Conference – Complexity and Evaluation

When: 3 & 4 May 2018

Where: Sydney

A highly interactive two-day conference designed to sharpen your skills and understanding of how to evaluate progress and impact of initiatives which are addressing complex challenges. Brought to you by Collaboration for Impact, Mark Cabaj from Here to There Consulting, Clear Horizon, and the Developmental Evaluation Institute.

To hold yourself a ticket or express an interest in presenting at this Conference please email us at admin@collaborationforimpact.com  We’ll then be in touch with you in February 2018 to send you the registration link or chat about your contribution.

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ENGAGING COMMUNITY: Webinar- Showcasing Community Dimensions’ community engagement approach

When: 15 May 2018 @ 1.30pm (AEST)

Where: Online - the webinar link will be sent to you after you register

Community Dimensions is a collective impact project aimed at engaging the community (including services, government, business and industry and families) in supporting a systems change around a “wicked” problem – in this instance; keeping children safe from abuse and neglect.  At every step of the way participation of parents in analysis, agenda-setting and decision-making has been around 20%.  Register for this webinar to hear why and how they did this and the impact community mobilisation and leadership has had in their region.

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LEADING COLLABORATIONS: Webinar – leadership interviews with people who are changing the system, Matthew Cox from Logan Together

When: 12 July at 1:30pm (AEST)

Where: Online - the webinar link will be sent to you after you register

Effective leadership for systems change is critically needed if we are to make progress in the complex issues that people and communities are grappling with around Australia. Yet systems leadership is not well understood or valued. As part of this webinar series, we interview Matthew Cox from Logan Together —a leader who is changing the way the government, philanthropy, community, and service provider systems work together in Logan, Queensland, to create the best start in life for every child.

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FLAGSHIP EVENT: Collaboration for Impact National Conference

When: 31 July - 2 August 2018 + additional workshops on 3 August 2018

Where: Sydney

Hold the date!  Entering its 5th year, the Collaboration for Impact National Conference is the sell-out national learning event that brings people and collaborations together around complexity, systems change and innovation for large scale impact.  This year, we are proud to work with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Together SA and cmm (Michelle Lucas) to ensure the program will be packed with the latest practice, learning and insights from Australia and beyond.

The Australian Centre for Social InnovationTogether SA

To hold yourself a ticket or express an interest in presenting at this Conference please email us at admin@collaborationforimpact.com  We’ll then be in touch with you in February 2018 to send you the registration link or chat about your contribution.

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ENGAGING COMMUNITY: Workshop – Communities leading change

When: One day between 3 September and 7 September 2018

Where: We're thinking Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - would you like this workshop near you? Then email us at admin@collaborationforimpact.com

Community engagement is about ensuring that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. Evidence and practice shows that the participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbours, and trusted leaders can be critical to collaborations achieving impact. And a shift in power where community members own and help produce the result will lead to greater impact. Yet we don’t so this well.

This workshop will address this head on. You will leave inspired and informed about the benefit of community mobilisation and leadership and with the confidence and tools to improve your practice and the work of your collaboration.

We would also like to partner with collaborations, organisations or regions who are passionate about improving their community engagement practice. If you would like this workshop to come to you, then please get in touch at admin@collaborationforimpact.com!

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