What do the Homelessness Partnerships Strategy, the Forest Communities Program and the Aboriginal Leadership Strategy have in common? They are all federal initiatives that address stubbornly persistent issues by engaging in a collaborative decision‐making and planning approach within a place. Whether they focus on a neighbourhood, a community or an ecosystem, such “place‐based” approaches leverage resources, build common objectives and solutions, and put into place a co‐ordinated response across multiple sectors. They involve many actors working in partnership and have unpredictable paths to success ‐ a complex dynamic that traditional evaluation has a hard time reconciling.
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