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                   Yvonne  Powley    

                   Executive  Officer  

    The Tamarack Collective Impact Summit, Vancouver BC Sept 28 – October 2, 2015

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      Whakatauki   Ehara  taku  toa,  he  taki  tahi,   he  toa  taki  tini     My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective (Delivered  at  the  conference  by  Te  Ropu  Poa,  General  Manager,  Te  Hau  Ora  O  Ngāpuhi)    

    Carving at Musqueam Community Centre, Vancouver

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    Table of Contents

    1) Introduction and Acknowledgement...........................................................3

    2) Definition Of Collective Impact................................................................3

    3) NZ & Australian Delegates at the Summit (Photo)..........................................4

    4) The Collective Impact Summit 2015..........................................................4

    5) History – Collective Impact.....................................................................4

    6) The Collective Impact Approach..............................................................4

    7) Summary Overview of Key Learning’s........................................................6

    8) Learning Lab Dialogues (Photo)...............................................................7

    9) Daily Highlights from Tamarack...............................................................8

    10) Yvonne Powley’s Personal Daily Highlights.................................................23

    11) Conclusion .....................................................................................33

    12) References.....................................................................................34

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    Introduction

    The following summary report is both my personal account of 5 days of experience of the Tamarack Summit as well as Tamarack’s own documented highlights. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time and have returned inspired by the many success stories I heard.

    Acknowledgement:     A  special  thank  you  to  the  Lottery  Minister’s  Discretionary  Fund  for  the  opportunity  to  attend  the  2015   Tamarack  Conference.  Thank  you  also  to  the  ANCAD  Board  and  staff  who  encouraged  and  supported   me  to  attend.  The  learnings  were  many  and  I  am  sure  will  provide  inspiration  to  my  work  for  some  time   to  come.  I  hope  this  report  with  my  conference  daily  highlights  will  provide  inspiration  from  the  many  I   received  while  attending  the  conference.  Also  a  big  thank  you  to  the  Tamarack  staff  who  convened  an   excellent  international  event  with  over  250  attendees  from  around  the  world.  

    Definition  of  Collective  Impact  

    Collective  Impact  (CI)  is  a  framework  to  tackle  deeply  entrenched  and  complex  social  problems.  It  is  an   innovative  and  structural  approach  to  making  collaboration  work  across  government,  business,   philanthropy,  non-­‐profit  organisations  and  citizens  to  achieve  significant  and  lasting  social  change.    

      The New Zealand and Australian delegates at the Summit

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    Over  250  delegates  from  around  the  world,  attended  the  2015  Collective  Impact  Summit  in  Vancouver,   a  five  day  opportunity  to  learn  about  the  effectiveness  of  implementing  a  Collective  Impact  approach.  I   was  inspired  by  many  internationally  renowned  thought  leaders,  hearing  innovative  ideas  and  projects   from  around  the  world  and  I  am  now  a  firm  believer  that  Collective  Impact  offers  New  Zealand   communities  a  path  forward  for  working  with  large  scale  social  change.     History  -­‐  Collective  Impact   In  2011,  John  Kania  and  Mark  Kramer  of  FSG  Social  Impact  consultants  published  a  paper  providing  a   new  way  forward  for  communities.  Collective  impact,  a  framework  for  community  and  systems  change,   is  built  on  three  pre-­‐conditions  and  five  core  conditions.  The  three  preconditions  are:  1)  Making  sure   there  are  strong  champions  for  this  work;  2)  Ensuring  there  is  a  sense  of  real  urgency  for  change;  and  3)   Having  resources  to  support  the  planning  to  do  this  work.     A  fundamental  principle  of  the  collective  impact  approach  is  that  complex  problems  require  a  different   way  of  working,  as  well  as  the  intense  enagement  of  a  wide  variety  of  influential  partners  who  leverage   their  collective  resources  to  drive  outcomes.       The  Collective  Impact  Approach   A  collective  impact  approach  requires  that  communities  commit  to  engaging  with  all  five  conditions  in   the  framework:    

    1) Building  a  common  agenda,   2) Engaging  in  shared  measurement,   3) Supporting  the  collaborative  work  through  mutually  reinforcing  activities,   4) Keeping  partners  and  the  community  engaged  through  continuous  communications,  and   5) Ensuring  that  the  collective  effort  is  supported  by  a  backbone  infrastructure.  1    

    The  Tamarack  Institute  has  been  actively  engaged  in  the  evolving  nature  of  collective  impact  efforts   across  Canada,  the  United  States  and  internationally  for  the  last  5  years.  The  success  stories  told  at  the   conference  and  evidence  produced  showed  that  this  collaborative  way  of  working  is  achieving  some   excellent  outcomes  internationally.   Liz  Weaver  lists  six  essential  elements  to  collective  impact:    

    1) Practice  system  leadership:  System  leaders  have  the  capacity  to  both  see  and  understand  the   complex  problem  from  micro  and  macro  perspectives.  They  bring  a  relentless  focus  to  the   health  of  the  whole.  

    2) Embrace  a  framework:  While  each  community  or  collaborative  effort  is  unique,  a  framework   provides  a  container  for  testing  and  proto-­‐typing  system  changes.  

    1 Liz Weaver, Transformational Change is Possible 2015

    The Collective Impact Summit 2015

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    3) Assess  Community  Readiness:  Change  happens  when  all  sectors  of  the  community  believe  in   the  need  for  the  change  to  occur  and  embrace  their  individual  and  collective  contributions  to   this  change.  

    4) Focus  on  data  and  measurement:  Two  of  the  most  challenging  elements  of  transformational   change  is  maintaining  the  persistent  focus  on  using  data  to  inform  the  problem  and  identifying   and  tracking  measures  that  lead  to  outcomes.  

    5) Communicate  and  Engage:  Often  seen  as  a  peripheral  element  in  community  change  efforts,  a   focus  on  communication  and  deep  engagement  is  foundational.  

    6) Ask,  What’s  Next:  Be  curious  about  the  future  and  embed  continuous  learning  and  reflection   into  the  work.2  

      The  readiness  and  enthusiasm  to  work  collectively  seems

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