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  • Tangible Impact from Systems Change

    3 months 2 days ago

    Hello, I am looking for a tangible (i.e., measurable) example of how a systems change effort has resulted in impact.  Does anyone know of a good case study?  Even better would be a rigourous evaluation. Thank you!

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  • Call for Sessions for the 2020 Collective Impact Convening: Submissions due Sept. 6

    4 months 8 hours ago

    Community Discussion|Arts and Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Education and Youth, Employment / Workforce Development, Environment, Health and Nutrition, Homelessness, Opportunity Youth / Disconnected Youth, Other

    The Collective Impact Forum invites you to propose a session for the 2020 Collective Impact Convening on May 6-8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please submit your proposal using this online form by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 6, 2019. Please read the following information carefully before beginning your submission. You can also access a copy of the session nomination questions, so that you can...

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  • Join us for conversation on Network Leadership!

    4 months 1 day ago

    We know that building networks isn't easy... there's no degree for this kind of work. So we created our monthly webinar series to help those in the field building, managing and evaluating networks learn from their peers! Tomorrow, June 20 at 11am MT, Visible Network Labs is holding our June Webinar with Peter Eckart from All-In Data for Community Health, a nationwide network for information...

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  • Collective Impact Accelerator: Using Data for Advancing Progress in Collective Impact (Apply by July 26)

    4 months 2 weeks ago

    Community Discussion|Arts and Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Education and Youth, Employment / Workforce Development, Environment, Health and Nutrition, Homelessness, Opportunity Youth / Disconnected Youth, Other

    You are invited to participate in a 12-month action learning cohort focused on using data for advancing progress in collective impact. The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is developing a “Collective Impact Accelerator” to improve how collective impact funders, backbone teams, and other partners use data to learn and strengthen...

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  • Community Engagement Strategies

    4 months 3 weeks ago

    Looking for ways ideas to effectively engage the community around ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed: Paycheck to Paycheck Population) issues.  Looking for the following: 1. Ways in which to identify community leaders or representatives and how to avoid pitfalls of power dynamics  2. Capacity Building programs for community members to engage successfully 3. Ways in which to avoid...

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Chris Thompson
backbone organization, funder of initiatives
My mission is to help leaders develop their collaborative leadership skills so they can catalyze enduring, positive community change and to help communities develop, implement and sustain effective collaborations.

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Backbone Infrastructure, Common Agenda, Communication, Community Engagement, Continuous Communication, Evaluation, Governance, Leadership Development, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Resource Development / Fundraising, Shared Measurement, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic Planning

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Identifying examples of sustained positive change within workforce systems, job creation systems, and job access systems (infrastructure, growth patterns)