Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

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19 April, 2016 to 21 April, 2016

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 2016 sessions in Halifax, Nova Scotia April 19-21.

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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.

Register for Champions for Change

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

Champions for Change is a Workshop you can’t miss if you…

  • Desire greater clarity in your role as the Backbone Organization or Leadership Roundtable within a mature collective impact initiative
  • Want to strengthen your ability to guide collective impact initiatives towards results
  • Need to enhance your knowledge and skill with shared measurement
  • Value the opportunity to learn more about working with and leading in complexity
  • Seek new approaches for sustaining, mobilizing and funding your collective impact
Tamarack Institute
Halifax  Nova Scotia
Organizational Development
Partnership Building
Planning and Evaluation