THIS is the Change… A Forum on Collective Impact and Poverty in Surrey
On Monday, February 16, 2015 over 60 leaders involved in reducing poverty and its effects gathered for a day-long workshop to learn more about Collective Impact and to apply the concept to a number of poverty reduction initiatives currently underway in Surrey.The goal of the forum was to improve Surrey’s collective impact in reducing poverty in our City.
After an inspiring opening welcome from Kwantlen Nation representative Brandon Gabriel, forum hosts Vera LeFranc and Steve Dooley outlined the objectives and agenda for the day, and described the evaluation process that had taken place to assess the effects of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan since its creation in 2012. The Ripple Effect process was used to identify the outcomes to date, showing the partnerships, projects and knowledge sharing that had occurred in the past 3 years. The Ripple Effect diagram was showcased, as well as a colourful and lively Graphic Record of the history and impacts of the Plan and the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition
The participants then heard keynote speaker Donna Jean Forster-Gill describe Collective Impact as a framework for community change. Donna Jean provided a number of examples from across Canada and around the world, to illustrate how Collective Impact is being used. Click here: Collective Impact: A Framework for Community Change to see the slides from this presentation.
After the keynote, participants got straight to work at tables, each focusing on one of the themes of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan: Transportation, Housing, Income and Supports. They first discussed how Collective Impact could help to continue and enhance the work currently underway to reduce poverty in Surrey. Here is a SUMMARY of those conversations.
Each table then selected a project or initiative to focus on for the rest of the workshop. They took each of the selected projects through the steps of developing a Collective Impact approach to achieving the goals of the project. Click on each table below for a summary of their discussions and plans.
Transportation: Promoting a Yes Vote on the Transit Referendum
Housing: Engaging Landlords in Housing First
Income: Promoting Living Wage Employers in Surrey
Here’s a few photos from the event…
Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Keynote Donna Jean Forster-Gill, Councillor Vera LeFranc and Steve Dooley with Graphic Recording of SPRC work to date