Working Together – Collective Impact Approach

The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network follows the Collective Impact Approach, which occurs when a group of organizations and stakeholders from different sectors commit to a shared goal for addressing complex social situations or problems.

Benefits of a Collective Impact approach are:

Increases connection among Network stakeholder members, between the Network and community, and among community members.
Provides collaborative opportunities for knowledge sharing and action, both large and small.
Increases coordination of actions and resources.

Five Core Conditions:

A Collective Impact Framework contains the following five core conditions:

  1. The development of a common agenda;
    The Network has created a Strategy Roadmap, Logic Model, and has set priority outcomes.
  2. Using shared measurement to understand progress;
    The Network has developed an evaluation process and a gap analysis to determine where the needs are.
  3. Building on mutually reinforcing activities;
    Members of the Network collaborate on current initiatives, and look for opportunities to support the work happening within our own organizations and in the broader community.
  4. Engaging in continuous communications; The Steering Committee and Action Teams meet regularly to work on our strategic priorities, and to share news of what is happening to support people with LD &/or ADHD in the Calgary Region. The Project Manager nurtures the relationships among the steering committee, action teams, and other organizations.
  5. Providing a backbone to move the work forward; CanLearn Society & Foothills Academy are the backbone agencies for the Network.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Collective Impact Approach, check out the Tamarack Institute website: