Moving the Policy Needle
Over the past year, Vibrant Communities Canada has partnered at the national and local campus and community partners to experiment with a design for moving the needle on reducing poverty. Here are some early lessons learned.
A theory of change approach to community work
Musings about an approach which can positively impact community change efforts.
A useful tool for communities wanting to change
How many times have you sat around a collaborative planning table and said...we need to change this. You meet and meet but little changes. Use a Theory of Change approach to drive your change forward.
Frameworks used to align community and improve educational outcomes
Resource Type: Podcast | Speaker: Jay Connor
In this podcast, discover how communities move from visions to solutions, how get to relevant outcomes and the role collaborations plays in creating community solutions. Listen as over 10 years of experience are shared.
Resource Type: Publication | Author: Jamie Gamble
In setting out to reduce poverty, Vibrant Communities has produced results of value to us all. This report outlines the results of providing national supports to such a large initiative and the impact that has been leveraged as a result.
Resource: Audio Seminar | Speaker: David Chrislip
David Chrislip has thirty years of experience working with comprehensive community collaborations. In this podcast, he identifies the key ingredients that make collaborations successful and describes the leadership skills required for successful collaboration.
Resource: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Lisbeth Schorr
This podcast explores the process of successfully replicating community initiatives with Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr. Lee draws on 30 years of experience in focusing on "what works" in social policies and programs to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and families.
Resource: Audio Seminar | Speark: Michael Quinn Patton
In this podcast, Mark Cabaj speaks with Michael Quinn Patton about his new book on the topic of Developmental Evaluation – an approach that has proven particularly useful and effective at addressing the unique challenges of evaluating the real nature of community change work.
Resource Type: Case Study | Author: The Monitor Institute
This case study identifies six “next practices” for establishing and sustaining aligned and cohesive networks to address complex problems and political systems.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Garry Loewen
For communities wanting to collaborate on complex issues such as poverty, a comprehensive plan can get people moving. In this seminar, Garry Loewen discusses a resource that uses strategic drivers as a starting point for change and action.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Ann Kubisch and Patricia Auspos
Community initiatives must often work with organizations from beyond the neighbourhood, such as government, funders and larger agencies.
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Thomas Homer-Dixon
What are the most significant challenges facing society today and why are our typical responses proving ineffective? How can the renewal of our society be fostered? What role can communities play in providing the ingenuity and innovation needed for such a renewal?
Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Mark Cabaj and Paul Born
Thinking Like a Movement is a concept that calls us to think beyond our organization and its day-to-day operations toward a much larger vision. Learn new tools and techniques to move forward collaboratively in your community with this seminar.