Collaborative Change Cycle

Over the past four years CFI has been singularly focused on enabling communities to use collaboration to create systems change and large-scale impact.  We specialise in developing the capacity of people and collaborations to think systemically and design and implement collaborative change processes that achieve a level of impact that no one sector, government or organisation can achieve alone.  We have gained significant theoretical and practice knowledge through:

  • Being embedded as design and capacity building partners in 6 high performing collaborative change initiatives
  • Partnering with a further 35 place based reform initiatives to provide training, design support, facilitation and coaching
  • Teaching systems thinking and collaborative practice for UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact
  • Connecting with and contributing to a network of international partners and thoughts leaders
  • Delivering a national annual learning program

In the last 18 months CFI has distilled our practice into an integrated Collaborative Change Cycle that articulates the phases and stages of an effective collaborative change process. The Cycle is both a descriptive guide and a planning tool that identifies the clear milestones for working collaboratively with complexity. Importantly, the Cycle integrates the core disciplines and skills required to make progress at each phase and stage, being:

  • Leadership practice
  • Collaborative design
  • Community engagement
  • Data and measurement


The Collaborative Change Cycle has been:

  • Co-developed with CFI’s Network, comprised of Australian practice leaders in community engagement, collaboration, adaptive leadership, systems change, co-design, social innovation and developmental evaluation.
  • Tested and validated with our partner communities, as well as governments and philanthropists.

If you like what you see, download this full version: Collaborative Change Cycle_Nov 2017