The concept of Collective Impact has captured the imagination of would-be change makers who are eager to be more than the sum of their parts. There are examples of Collective Impact efforts across North America focusing on everything from nutrition, early childhood development, homelessness, poverty, and gang violence. The dramatic expansion in the number and variety of collective impact initiatives has led to more and more people asking, “How do we evaluate collective impact efforts?” Thankfully, there are decades of work in assessing many other approaches to community change – and some promising emerging practices specifically focused on Collective Impact – upon which to build.

On May 23rd, 2014 RDI will present Mark Cabaj, the President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, via webinar. Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex community issues (e.g. neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health). Mark served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in 2001. He was the coordinator of the Waterloo region’s Opportunities 2000 Project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.

Municipal Managers, Community Economic Development Officers, Local Leaders, Development Practitioners, Municipality Staffs and Managemnt, Students and Faculties, and everyone interested in Community Engagemnt and Collective Impact.

When: Friday, May 23, 2014 (please RSVP by May 22, 2014)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CST)
For more information or to register contact Rural Development Institute at:
204-571-8585 / 800-571-8585