Research shows that strong backbone organizations – staff dedicated to guiding a cross-sector group of stakeholders toward a common goal – are a critical component of collective impact. We invite you to join a group of collective impact leaders for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone organizations from collective impact initiatives. This workshop was offered in Cincinnati and Toronto in 2013, and is being offered again in 2014 to meet the interest of the field.

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We look forward to providing professional development to backbone organizations on their role in, and success factors for, collective impact; creating peer learning among backbone leaders; and generating new insights on the work of backbone organizations for the field. Potential agenda topics include:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Engaging the community in your initiative
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining funding for collective impact over the long term

Faculty Members Include:

  • Paul Born, President and Co-founder - The Tamarack Institute
  • Paul Evensen, President, Community Systems Group and Senior Vice President of Community Planning and Evaluation, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director – FSG
  • Merita Irby, Co-founder and COO, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • John Kania, Managing Director – FSG
  • Liz Weaver, Vice President - The Tamarack Institute

Price: $850 / person for a single registrant; $775 / person for two registrants; $695 / person for three registrants

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Please note our refund policy:

Vancouver: Partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Tuesday, March 11. Refunds cannot be made after Tuesday, March 18, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Tuesday, March 25th.

This event is designed for the leaders of backbone organizations and steering committees members of collective impact initiatives demonstrating all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone organization).

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Bryanna Kumpula

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This looks like a great workshop, can't wait to participate next week in Vancouver

Submitted by Bryanna Kumpula on Tue, 2014-03-25 13:43