Impact and Strategic Clarity

Defining an intended impact and developing, analyzing, and refining a strategy for achieving it

The Impact and Strategic Clarity module helps community organizations clarify what they aim to achieve, how they will achieve it, and how they will measure their success. Participating organizations conduct an in-depth analysis of their own program data and examine external evidence to clarify where to focus their efforts and how to measure success.

After completing this module, participating organizations will:

  • Commit to achieving a defined impact
  • Identify the steps required to achieve that impact
  • Understand how to explain the organization’s direction to key stakeholders

The Impact module includes workshops and coaching over a five-month period.  The first round of participants in this module (October 2012-March 2013) completed their work with the Bridgespan Group, which has over 12 years of experience helping organizations achieve breakthroughs in performance and results. Information on current and previous cohorts can be found here.

Funding applications to participate in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module are reviewed three times per year. Organizations requiring a subsidy to participate in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module can submit funding applications up until the first working day following February 1, June 1 and October 1. Applicants will receive a response within 4-6 weeks of these deadlines.

To apply for funding to participate in this module:

  • Click here and follow the instructions to create an application.
  • Complete the application in full and please remember to click "Submit Application" when you are done. To view a full version of the application before completing it, click here.

Each community organization will select a 3-5 person leadership team to participate in this module, one of whom is your ED/CEO. This includes:

  • Two full-day workshops, one at the kick-off and one at mid-point
  • Coaching calls every other week for five months
  • Activities designed to gain greater strategic clarity, engage key stakeholders (including board members), and discover what changes are needed to maximize impact, track success, and learn from experience

The the Impact module is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation United Way Centraide Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation, United Way York Region, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and CISCO Canada.

Content for this module has been developed by the Bridgespan Group