17-19 July 2017 | National Convention Centre, Canberra
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A 2 day conference that enables people to tackle big, tough problems and create large scale impact through collaboration

Collaboration for Impact 2017

The Collaboration for Impact conference is for people from all sectors who are leading collaborative change and working to get better outcomes for their communities and organisations.

Collaboration for Impact is Australia's leading organisation for enabling people to tackle big, tough problems and create large-scale social impact through collaboration. This July 2017, we invite you to join us in Canberra for our annual conference.

This is a learning conference. You will learn about "what works" from Collective Impact initatives and cross-sector collaborations across Australia. We bring together a rich network of practitioners and experienced enablers from different sectors who are working to achieve large-scale social change.

If you are working in a cross-sectoral collaborative or collective impact intitative (or thinking about starting), this will be your best learning experience of the year.

You should attend this conference if:

  • You are leading a Collective Impact initiative as a staff or team member
  • You are part of a collaborative change process
  • You are in a Collective Impact network and want to deepen your practice
  • You want to share your Collective Impact experiences through a tool, case study or workshop
  • You are interested in learning about developing new ways of collaborating for long-term social impact.

The conference is highly practical and will include:

  • Deep dive workshops with tools and coaching, tailored to where you are in your collaborative change process. If you are just getting started, setting an agenda, or implementing and sustaining collaboration, we have specific workshops for you.
  • Snapshots of successes and failures from cross-sector leaders who are collaborating and achieving measurable change in their communities or sectors on complex challenges.
  • An immersion into community engagement learning with citizen leaders on why and how to engage.

To build the practice and learning of Australia’s collaborations, we are also launching:

  • The Australian Collaborative Change Process, developed by Collaboration for Impact. The process is the result of four years of on-the-ground practice, expertise and development. It articulates the stages, practices, leadership and tools required to create the conditions to achieve large-scale social change. The comprehensive process enables collaborations to self-identify their progress and creating a plan for development.  
  • The Collaboration Health Assessment Tool. Developed and tested by Centre for Social Impact in partnership with Collaboration for Impact, this innovative online self-assessment tool provides a guide to the health of your collaboration.

There are two special-interest workshops on the day following the conference on 19th July. (While we recommend you attend the conference first for maximum learning, you can choose to attend the workshops separately.) These include:

1.   Government Workshop: Exploring the role of government in complex change processes.

  • Skill sessions on influencing and enabling collaborative practice
  • Influencing your system to respond to complexity
  • Developing and expanding authority
  • Government as an enabler: insights from the ground on how government enables collaboration
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Case studies on government’s role in effective collaborative change processes

2.   Evalutators Workshop: How do we learn and measure progress in complexity?

  • The case for change: building impact measurement systems and practices that are fit for purpose
  • Skill development sessions on contribution analysis, qualitative comparative analysis and approaches to measure system change
  • Learning from the field: working with a live developmental evaluation case study

Key Speakers

Liz Skelton

Conference Co-convenor
Collaboration for Impact

Liz is the co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI) and Liz has spent the last two years working exclusively on the establishment of Australia’s leading learning organisation, CFI in the fields of collective impact(CI), adaptive leadership for social change and collective impact,...Read More

Max Hardy

Founder and Principal
Max Hardy Consulting

Max specialises in collaborative governance, strategic questioning, collective impact and designing, facilitating and evaluating deliberative community engagement processes.

With a particular interest in deliberative democracy and appreciative inquiry, Max has developed innovative models...Read More

Kerry Graham

Conference Co-convenor
Collaboration for Impact

Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years. Her purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia for the benefit of young people.

Kerry is a Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact – Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to...Read More

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