Join together with the Tamarack Institute, the Collective Impact Forum, and Backbone organizations from across North America and internationally, to enhance your work in leading for Collective Impact. This years trainings will be similar in theme and content to the last two years of successful Champions for Change learning events. We will be holding the first of the 2016 sessions in Halifax, Nova Scotia April 19-21. The second session of Champions for Change 2016 will be held in October 2016. (U.S. location pending.)

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About Champions For Change

Collective Impact results when actors from different sectors commit to a common agenda for solving a complex social issue.  Backbone Organizations play a complex, behind-the-scenes role in the success of these collective impact initiatives.  Spanning six major activities and requiring a diversity of skills, the Backbone Organization is essential in maintaining alignment across the partners and supporting the effectiveness with which they fulfill their role. This alignment often determines the success or failure of the Collective Impact Initiative as a whole.

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact is a multi-day interactive workshop designed for staff playing the backbone role and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives, demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).

The Tamarack Institute and The Collective Impact Forum have partnered to develop this dynamic learning experience to offer leaders of Backbone Organizations an advanced learning opportunity designed exclusively to develop their capacity as collaborative leaders. Participants of this learning event will explore topics such as:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization
  • Engaging the community in your initiative
  • Fostering collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining funding for collective impact over the long term
  • Understanding the essential mindset shifts required to accomplish collective impact

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