Partnerships and Collaborations Resources

Document TitleSorted By Document Title In Ascending OrderDescriptionDocumentPublisherDate
2017's Collaboration Prize Winner Can Teach a Thing or TwoOne of the most powerful things a nonprofit can do is collaborate. By that, we mean the kind of collaboration fueled primarily by what’s best for the community meant to benefit from the work. Many lesser forms of collaboration are required by funders or otherwise deemed desirable, but true collaboration comes from a shared sense that the outcomes of more than one organization could be bettered by working together.DocumentNonprofit Quarterly2017
A Collaborative Model for Delivering Mentoring to Immigrants in OttawaThis document describes a collaborative model for delivering mentoring-to-employment programs for skilled immigrants in Ottawa.DocumentHire Immigrants Ottawa2012
Are Backbone Organizations Eroding the Norms that Make Networks Succeed?In this paper, however, I focus just on the assertion that collective impact models—involving cross-sectoral planning and action—must have a backbone organization. That is not only not necessarily true—the challenge is that to the extent that the backbone succeeds, it also can begin to erode community norms of collective accountability and engagement that gave rise to the network in the first place, undermining the very muscles and ligaments needed for coordinated action.DocumentNonprofit Quarterly2017
Balancing the Budget but Who's Left to Budget the Balance: A Visual Representation of Professional Networks within Toronto East Local Immigration PartnershipA report on the network connections developed through the Toronto East LIP and how the budget cuts and structural re-organization impacted these professional connections. The network analysis is illustrated through Smart Network Analyzer and In-Flow to visually depict the changes in connections.DocumentMetaStrategies2012
Building Equitable Partnerships: Tools and Lessons LearnedA resource guide for individuals and organizations. The partnership examples provide strategies, tips and lessons learned from practical experiences of working together to form equitable partnerships.DocumentCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)2011
CASIP Governance & Leadership Capacity Development Project The project focused on mobilizing strategic collaboration at the governance and leadership levels and on building the collective capacity of the sector to respond to shared needs and policy changes overall. Collaboration at this level also served as a forum for the exchange of best practices, a space for arriving at consensus and an opportunity to utilize shared resources to achieve common goals and objectives. This project was undertaken over three years beginning 2011 and concluding in 2014.DocumentCASIP2014
Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact WorkAn in-depth look at how organizations of all types, acting in diverse settings, are implementing a collective impact approach to solve large-scale social problems.DocumentStanford Social Innovation Review2012
CollaborationCollaboration is both a process and a set of behaviors. Our Fund has learned how to design and implement processes that are required to catalyze enduring, positive change. And we have learned what behaviors, particularly the behaviors of key leaders within the complex civic systems in which we work (e.g., workforce development), foster effective collaboration. These lessons are relevant to achieving change in other complex civic systems, including public health, education, housing, and safety, that shape the quality of life in our communities.DocumentFund for Our Economic Future2016
Collective Impact Summit - Key LearningsA PowerPoint presentation by the staff of Toronto South LIP to the InterLIP group summarizing the key learnings from the Collective Impact Summit held in Toronto, October 2014DocumentToronto South LIP2015
Collective Insights on Collective ImpactA publication created for the Collective Impact Forum that includes 9 articles from experts on Collective ImpactDocumentStanford Social Innovation Review 
Common referral protocol (Parkdale Interagency Referral Network PIRN)A presentation that outlines the common referral protocol of the Parkdale Interagency Referral NetworkDocumentParkdale Interagency Referral Network PIRN2014
Communities of Practice Scan and ReportA research report on existing Communities of Practice and the extent to which they provide options, lessons learned and best practices for the proposed settlement sector Community of Practice. The report summarizes the main trends, best practices and recommendations for a settlement sector Communities of Practice.DocumentOCASI2014
Community Navigation and Access Program (CNAP) - general overviewA PowerPoint presentation that gives an overview of the CNAP program, a network of 30 community support service agencies in Toronto area who are collaborating to improve access and coordination of services for seniors and their care providers.DocumentCNAP2012
Enhancing Communications with ImmigrantsA powerpoint presentation outlining some of the effective practices of communicating with immigrants. Presentation addresses the various types of communication methods, barriers and trends in internet and social media use.DocumentMarco Campana, TRIEC2015
Evaluating Community Hubs as Social Networking Sites for Recent ImmigrantsThis MPPA Candidate paper explores whether immigrant interactions facilitated by community hubs led to the formation of bridging social networks. This was done by examining participant perceptions around community hubs as social networking sites.DocumentJasmine Dunston2015
Exploratory Research on Designing Online Communities of Practice for Educators to Create ValueThe 2010 National Educational Technology Plan argued that online communities of practice should be an integral component of the future of professional learning for educators (U.S. Department of Education, 2010). Building on at least two decades of existing scholarship, this report summarizes three years of exploratory research conducted by the Connected Educators project and identifies how best to capitalize on this promise.DocumentU.S. Department of Education2014
Faith and Settlement Partnerships Resource PacketThis Packet has been compiled as part of the Faith and Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada up for Success project which is a research partnership that explores partnerships between faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations.DocumentCentre for Community Based Research2018
Feasibility Study for a Settlement Sector Online Community of PracticeA summary report prepared for CIC that provides an analysis of an environmental scan of existing communities of practice, a pan-Canadian survey of stakeholder interest and capacity to engage in online communities along with additional context provided by (a) Roadmap for the Implementation of a National Repository and Related Tools fro Collaboration for Adult Language Training Resources, (b) Engagement Strategies for the IQN and (c) Digital Habits: stewarding technology for communities.DocumentCIC2014
Filling the Data Gap: A Conversation on Coordinating and Using Program DataThis purpose of this TIEDI Roundtable Discussion Paper is to explore possible partnerships between government agencies, community organizations and academics in the collection and sharing of data pertaining to immigrants in the labour market.DocumentTIEDI2012
How Leaders Can Create Social Impact in a Complex WorldIn an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Adene Sacks discussed how social impact leadership is evolving in today’s world.DocumentSingularity Hub2017
How to Develop a Common Agenda for Collective ImpactBuilding a common community agenda is fundamental to all community change requiring a collective impact. It is, however, one of the most difficult phases of a community change process, and if done incorrectly will cripple effectiveness as a community moves to implement its collective impact plan.DocumentTamarack Institute2017
How to Lead Collective Impact Working Groups: A Comprehensive ToolkitWorking Groups are the heartbeat of collective impact: where action occurs and goals are brought to life. These groups (also called work groups, task forces, community action networks, strategy teams, and a variety of other names) are where practitioners come together to contribute their time, expertise, passions, and lived experiences to help develop and implement strategies.DocumentFSG2017
Immigrant Integration and Inclusion: Investigating the Canadian Partnership Model from a Complex-System PerspectiveA PowerPoint presentation about the research project and partnerships. The integration of newcomers to Canada and the creation of an inclusive Canadian society is a complex undertaking that involves many players working together in various formal or informal partnership arrangements. The main objective of this research is to examine how the elements of this partnership work together to serve both the new immigrant and Canadian society as a whole.DocumentCentre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Ryerson University2012
Learning Together: Five Important Discussion Questions to make Evaluation UsefulThis guide is meant to help articulate more clearly what you want to get out of an evaluation and what concerns you may have about the process. It is meant as a conversation starter and is a means to open up a dialgoue with your stakeholders in a subject area that can be complex and difficult.DocumentOntario NonProfit Network2017
LinkedIn - Community of PracticeAn instruction sheet on how to join the Toronto South LIP LinkedIn Community of Practice group.DocumentToronto South LIP2015
Linking Community Organizing with Policy Change Initiatives: Implications for Future Community Practice in TorontoThis study explores the challenges and opportunities of anti-poverty community organizing for policy change in Toronto, with particular attention to linking local organizing initiatives with broader policy change initiatives.DocumentSocial Planning Toronto2013
Models of Collaboration - Nonprofit Organizations Working TogetherA report that describes eight models of collaboration based on the submissions of 44 collaborative projects across the US. These 8 models reflect the reasonably distinct approaches the applicants took in remaking themselves.DocumentArizona State University Lodestar Center2009
Moving from Vision to Implementation: Strategies for Systems Change in Collective ImpactA PowerPoint Presentation on Collective Impact strategies including Collective Impact Structures, Work Group Selection and case studies.DocumentFSG2017
Partnerships and Collaborations - Final ReportThis report contains a literature review of Partnership and Collaboration material as well as identifying some of the challenges and pitfalls of community partnerships.DocumentToronto South LIP (formerly West Downtown Toronto LIP)2011
Partnerships and Collaborations - PresentationA PowerPoint presentation on the final report. This report contains a literature review of Partnership and Collaboration material as well as identifying some of the challenges and pitfalls of community partnerships.DocumentToronto South LIP (formerly West Downtown Toronto LIP)2011
Scaling Canada's Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) Model for Proactive Refugee ResettlementA vision for scaling up Canada's Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) model for refugee resettlement abroad.DocumentInternational Migration Research Centre2017
Sector Partnerships in Toronto East/Toronto South LIPA PowerPoint presentation on the collaborative partnerships developed through the Toronto East LIP including identifying collaboration intensity and network connectivityDocumentToronto South LIP2012
Service Coordination Impact FrameworkA PowerPoint presentation on a research project aimed to provide stakeholders with a greater understanding of how issues can be significantly impacted through collaborating at various levels of involvement.DocumentToronto East Quadrant LIP2015
Six Proven Practices for Backbone OrganizationsIn this article, we present six key principles for backbone organizations to follow to maintain alignment, drive impact, and create continuous learning throughout the life of a collaboration. Within each principle, we describe one specific practice.DocumentStanford Social Innovation Review2018
Social Media Analysis and GuideAn analysis of the Toronto South LIP use of social media to promote their strategy, engage with their membership, disseminate resources and information and raise public awareness.DocumentToronto South LIP2014
Social Media Analysis and Guide - presentationA PowerPoint presentation on the Social Media Analysis and Guide of the Toronto South LIP. It includes TSLIP use of social media to promote their strategy, engage with their membership, disseminate resources and information and raise public awareness.DocumentToronto South LIP2014
Stakeholder MappingStakeholder Mapping is a graphical illustration of how your stakeholders feel towards your change project or program. It helps you to identify who you need to influence and what action you need to take. It's probably one of the most powerful change management activities on WorkshopBank and a must-do activity for any project manager.DocumentWorkshop Bank2018
Strategies for Increasing Alignment and Collaboration and for Developing Performance Measurement ToolsThis project undertook an in-depth analysis of the scope, structure, mandate, activities, and performance measurement strategies of the RIFs and LIPs with two goals in mind: a)to provide advice on new avenues for alignment and promotion of synergies between RIFs and LIPs and b) to offer recommendations for a coordinated performance measurement and monitoring strategy that takes into account both the broad objectives of CIC and the more community-driven mandates of the RIFs and LIPs.DocumentPathways to Prosperity2014
Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs: Pathways, Partnerships and FidelityThis report arose from a desire to better understand how collaboration by people in different organizations has been used to scale up social programs. This interest included both partnering in order to benefit more people, and effective approaches for implementing social programs so that they are sustained in our schools, clinics, and communities. Initially, the focus of this project was on how social entrepreneurs have partnered with organizations that have far reaching distribution networks, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and membership associations such as AARP. Can collaborations with networks like these speed and expand the spread of effective programs? And if they can, then what happens? Does program fidelity suffer?DocumentThe Wallace Foundation2017
The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit PartnershipAbove the desks of many nonprofit executives you will find these words: “If you want to travel quickly, go alone. If you want to travel far, go together.” And yet, nonprofits often act in isolation against complex problems, spinning reinvented wheels. Nonprofit collaboration is harder than it sounds. Economics, game theory, and behavioral science suggest some lessons on how organizations might collaborate more often and more effectively.DocumentStanford Social Innovation Review2017
The Context ExpertsA paper that discusses how to increase the authenticity of community engagement and eradicate tokenistic community engagement through the meaningful involvement of context experts.DocumentTamarack Institute2017
The Dawn of System LeadershipThe deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society's most intractable problems require a unique type of leader - the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadershipDocumentStanford Social Innovation Review2015
When Collective Impact Has an Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact InitiativesWe at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study. Through the study, we sought to generate answers to these questions in the field about how collective impact contributes to systems and social impact, and how it is implemented across a broad range of communities and topic areas.DocumentORS Impact2018

Partnerships and Collaborations Websites

CollaborAction ConferenceA link to the conference information, presentations, twitter feeds and workshop documentsWebsiteMaytree Foundation
Collective Impact ForumA website with resources and tools for communities practicing collective impact. It is a network of individuals coming together to share experience and knowledge to accelerate the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact.WebsiteFSG, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
Collective Impact SummitA collection of resources from the Collective Impact Summit, Vancouver 2015WebsiteTamarack
Pathways to ProsperityPromoting welcoming communities in CanadaWebsitePathways to Prosperity