Resources for Transformation in this COVID Moment

"If there is one thing history teaches us, it is that moments of shock are profoundly volatile. We either lose a whole lot of ground … or we win progressive victories that seemed impossible a few weeks ago. This is no time to lose our nerve. The future will be determined by whoever is willing to fight harder for the ideas they have lying around." 

Naomi Klein, Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker

Journey Map Template

This Journey Map offers you a straight forward process of mapping from your past priorities through the COVID crisis moment to the immediate and transformed future. It’s being used right now by a funders collaborative to prioritize shifts in their shared work and has relevance to any collaborative or individual organization effort to respond proactively to the changes happening locally and worldwide.

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Strategic Refresh Questions

The strategic refresh questions will help you go deeper into your  Journey Map, including exploring the systemic dynamics that are shifting and become more complex. The questions ask you to consider what has changed amid this crisis that you want to sustain, what has become politically viable that you never thought was possible, and what is happening that you know you must stop now before it becomes the new status quo.

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Other Systems Change Resources

When Collective Impact Has an Impact

A rigorous study co-authored with Sarah Stachowiak  to understand when and how collective impact contributes to systems and population change.

Finding the Impact: Methods for Assessing the Contribution of Collective Impact to Systems and Population Change in a Multi‐Site Study

An exploration of the methods and evaluative approaches that help to understand impact in complex, dynamic systems change settings. Coauthored with Sarah Stachowiak and Terri Akey.

When Backbone Organizations Become the Funder: The Use of Fiscal Intermediaries in the Context of Collective Impact

An exploration of the complexities of backbones taking on the role of distributing funds within a collective impact initiative, including recommendations for strengthening the practice when both roles occur together. Coauthored with Kristen Breckinridge, Ashley Denault, and Chris Marvin.

Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies

A set of tools to help foundations design adaptive strategies and ideas for balancing accountability for achieving goals with adaptability throughout the course of an initiative, co-authored with Erica Snow and Tanya Beer. 

Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields

An evaluation framework explores emerging ideas and methods for assessing advocacy fields and evaluating advocacy field-building initiatives.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating the Space and Support for Real-Time Strategic Learning

An exploration of how to integrate strategic learning into a grant strategy, including supporting learning coaches for 14 of their grantees, co-authored with Phillip Chung, Scott Downes, and Rebecca Kahn.

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