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1 Eden Yesh Kootenay Employment Services Community Development Coordinator

2 Collective Impact is a method of getting people to work together differently in pursuit of a clearly defined common goal. It brings funders, businesses, nonprofits and government together in a structured and deliberate way to achieve social change. It’s about working together to make effective use of the resources already within a system.

3 Context: Collective Impact in our current age Collective Impact: Theory and conditions Collective Impact: Examples in action Case study: Creston, BC Group exercises: Linking to your community Sharing ideas: and questions period

4 “The utter collapse of human civilization will be ‘difficult to avoid,’ NASA funded study says” 18-Mar-2014

5 Evolution of consciousness: thought & knowledge Steve McIntosh

6 “We believe that a principled, well-developed social policy framework that builds common understanding, is pragmatic in delivery and is measured by outcomes can streamline delivery of critical services, improve the results for those who need it most and guide decision making into the future,” Board Voice in a letter to city council

7 “Increasing evidence shows that social cohesion is critical for societies to prosper economically and for development to be sustainable,” the World Bank proclaims on its website. “Social capital is not just the sum of the institutions, which underpin a society — it is the glue that holds them together.” Vancouver Sun article Sept – Interview with Michael Davis (BV Chair)

8 Hildy Gottlieb

9 Context: Collective Impact in our current age Collective Impact: Theory and conditions Collective Impact: Examples in action Case study: Creston, BC Group exercises: Linking to your community Sharing ideas: and questions period

10 FSG – coined conditions for Collective Impact

11 1.An Influential Champion - An individual or small group who command the respect necessary to bring CEO-level cross-sector leaders together and keep them actively engaged over time. Perceived as “even-handed” and respected by their peers. 2.Adequate Financial Resourcing - Adequate financial resources to last at least two to three years and generally involving at least one anchor funder to support needed infrastructure and planning. 3.A Sense of Urgency for Change - A new opportunity or crisis that convinces people that a particular issue must be acted upon now and/or that a new approach is needed. Is the general public aware? Has it come to a breaking point yet? John Kania - FSG

12 FSG – coined conditions for Collective Impact John Kania - FSG

13 Define the pressing issue or opportunity Acknowledge that a cross sector approach is needed Create clear and shared goals for change Identify the values that will guide your work together Example for each

14 Tamarack Institute

15 Identify key indicators that capture important outcomes Aim for 8-10 indicators max. (preschool readiness/high school grad rates; affordable homes/average income) Agree on a system to gather data and monitor performance from each partner ( , online platform) Set a common evaluation framework (every 6 months)

16 Consider measurements in these four areas Tamarack Institute

17 Aligning activity across sectors towards common goal Look for duplication; opportunity to collaborate Gatherings and celebrations Make your structure visual

18 John Kania - FSG

19 Trust and working relationships build over time What types of communication will you use? ( , online platform, events, coffee chats) How often will you use each communication medium? Have formal and informal ways to stay updated Issues are surfaced and worked on collaboratively Celebrate and publish accomplishments! Sharing best practices between similar groups

20 Guiding Vision and Strategy Aligning and Coordinating Activities Creating and Supporting Shared Measurement Partnering in the Building of Public Will Advancing an Aligned Advocacy/Policy Agenda Mobilizing Funding to Support the Collective Effort

21 “Like a manager at a construction site who attends to the whole building while carpenters, plumbers and electricians come and go, the support staff keep the collaborative process moving along, even as the participants may change” Jay Conner Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact

22 Phase I: Initiate Action Understanding of the landscape of key players and the existing work underway Baseline data on the social problem to develop the case for change An initial governance structure that includes strong and credible champions. Phase II: Organize for Impact Stakeholders work together to establish common goals and shared measures Create a supporting backbone infrastructure Start aligning the many organizations involved in the shared goals and measures. Phase III: Sustain Action and Impact Stakeholders pursue prioritized areas for action in a coordinated way Systematically collect data Put in place sustainable processes that enable active learning and course correcting as they track progress toward their common goals. John Kania - FSG

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24 Context: Collective Impact in our current age Collective Impact: Theory and conditions Collective Impact: Examples in action Case study: Creston, BC Group exercises: Linking to your community Sharing ideas: and questions period

25 Strive Together: A National Movement to Improve Education for Every Child, From Cradle to Career The Strive Together Cradle to Career Network is a national network of 53 community partnerships in 28 states working to improve education success for every child by bringing together cross-sector partners around a common vision. Together, the Network impacts over 5.5 million students nationwide Education

26 Shape Up Somerville: Building and Sustaining a Healthy Community with Collective Impact Initiative Goal: To take a community-based, participatory, environmental approach to prevent obesity for the people who live in, work in, or visit Somerville. Health

27 Calgary Homeless Foundation: dedicated to stopping what had been the fastest growing rate of homelessness in Canada; They are implementing a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness along with non-profit agencies, businesses, governments, the faith community, donors and all Calgarians. The goal is to develop a more effective homeless-serving system that will end homelessness, instead of just managing it. The foundation coordinates the overall system, funds and supports non-profit agencies, conducts research, oversees an information management system, owns housing and increase public awareness. Homelessness

28 Tamarack: A Community engagement institute and the Canadian champion for Collective Impact. Work closely with FSG. Vibrant Communities: one of their initiatives, significantly reduced poverty levels in several Canadian cities. They have a 10 year goal to eliminate economic poverty across Canada, and are well on their way! (poverty reduction strategy) Poverty

29 Context: Collective Impact in our current age Collective Impact: Theory and conditions Collective Impact: Examples in action Case study: Creston, BC Group exercises: Linking to your community Sharing ideas: and questions period

30 One year initiative to facilitate cross-sector relationship building and establish a common goal for the Creston Valley.

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32 If all things were possible, what would you see in the Creston Valley….?

33 What assets do we already have….?

34 7 months of events over dinner; persons each event 1,000 ideas generated; narrowed to 300 specific project ideas Final voting event, dinner and music; 240 persons; 3 ballots Top projects in each sector identified; common goal chosen Funders event – 6 funders; 8 organizations presented Common goal research and community steering committee (Government, nonprofits & community champions) Preparation for ongoing support to new trails society Support letter to new council (2 council champions)

35 Trust and relationships were fostered : (7 months of meals and brainstorming together) Capacity was built at KES to build momentum: (convene and facilitate cross sector groups) Community champions were identified Priority sectors were identified (Recreation, Business, Agriculture) A common goal/project was reached: Trail to connect 3 communities (healthy community/trails and recreation needs)

36 To identify and keep your key community champions informed, a database is critical: Who are the champions your the community? What sectors they represent? Which meetings they attended? How much influence they have in community: scale 1-5 (top 100 exercise Tamarack) Updated contact info

37 “We are all on a path, every last one of us, that path started long before we were a twinkle in anyone’s eye, and it is continuing long after we are gone; but the path ahead of us does not need to be a continuation of our past.” Hildy Gottlieb How do we be a leading example of change in BC, our slogan being “the best place on earth”….?

38 Context: Collective Impact in our current age Model and Process: Collective Impact Case study: Creston, BC Group exercises: linking to your community Sharing ideas and questions period

39 What issue(s) do you feel is most pressing in your community? (Education; health; poverty; economy) What are the opportunities I see where the pre-conditions exist for a collective impact effort in my community? (Influential champion - Adequate financing - Sense of Urgency) Are there already collaboratives or networks in place in my community, in which I can see the collective impact ideas enhancing? (Do they include business, nonprofit, government and funder?) Which of the 5 conditions of collective impact is my community ready for? Why? (Common agenda; Shared measurement; Mutually reinforcing activities; backbone support)

40 Eden Yesh Kootenay Employment Services Community Development Coordinator If you’d like the slides or to discuss further; Feel free to contact me:

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