Youth CI is an initiative of Innoweave in partnership with Laidlaw Foundation, supported by the Government of Ontario. Youth CI supports groups of organizations to learn about, develop, and implement collective impact initiatives that directly improve outcomes for youth across Ontario.
Youth CI had another busy fall, with almost 30 collaboratives participating in eight workshops across Ontario, including two new communities, Niagara Region and Hastings County. New collaboratives across the province are now beginning clarity work around their objectives and Theories of Change. Significant progress has also been made for the many ongoing Collective Impact initiatives launched in prior rounds of Youth CI. They are moving toward building their measurement strategies and launch plans.
Innoweave continues to support nine collaboratives across Canada with implementation of collective impact approaches to reduce seniors social isolation.
During October, the Toronto ENRICHES collaborative held a session to share what they have learned in their first year of implementation. The ENRICHES collaborative consists of: Sinai Health Foundation, Sinai Health System- Reitman Centre, Woodgreen Community Services, North York Community House, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Alzheimer Society Toronto.
This case study has been developed based on reports and updates shared by Vanessa Parlette, Public Health Services at City of Hamilton and key lead on the development of this collective impact initiative.
The Hamilton Healthy Birth Weights Coalition serves as a model for genuine collective impact. Since entering the Youth CI program in December of 2014 (a program jointly delivered by Innoweave and Laidlaw Foundation in partnership with the Government of Ontario), the coalition has successfully clarified their population-level outcome, developed an aligned Theory of Change, begun implementation efforts, and is seeing some early impact. This case study shares the story of how an urgent issue drove necessary players in a community to integrate their efforts toward clear outcomes.