Early learning with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Innoweave and MaRS Solutions Lab have kicked off the Explore and Experiment Workshop Series to support groups across Canada in using experimental approaches to address complex social challenges. Since the series started on January 25 groups have been working on understanding the underlying complexity of their challenge, as well as the variety of tools, methods and shifts in their thinking needed to conduct a successful lab or experimentation approach.
This month, we are pleased to highlight how one group has begun to explore how to use their lab approach.
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.