In a spirit similar to other collective impact models, The Civic Canopy designs and facilitates public processes using a research-based Community Learning Model (CLM) that focuses on results, includes relevant and diverse stakeholders in thoughtful dialogue, and develops action plans and structures for learning from results, all within a culture of trust and collaboration.
The Community Learning Model is a proven game-changer for achieving positive change in communities and puts collaboration at the forefront of solving issues that affect the way society functions.
Results – Clear articulation of the results sought is at the center of the model. The desired results and ongoing re-assessment drives the community learning process.
Learn – Set benchmarks and use indicators to assess the impact and quality of actions; learn from experiences and translate that information into more effective actions.
Include – Ensure the various people, perspectives and systems involved in the work are engaged in the process.
Dialogue – Create a high-quality conversation that clarifies values, surfaces tensions and taps into creativity, leading to concrete plans that achieve results.
Act – Ensure planning leads to action, both within planning processes and at each stage of implementation.
Culture of Collaboration – Strengthen the capacities that support collaborative work such as facilitative leadership, communication, information sharing and shared accountability. These elements strengthen the ability to move through the stages of the Community Learning Model.
The Canopy offers a comprehensive suite of products, services and supports that equip communities across Colorado with the knowledge, skills and tools to address localized needs to ensure strong neighborhoods, healthier communities and a more just society. Offerings center around three strategies:
Through Shared Technology
The Canopy develops and supports technology-based tools and resources, including Civic Network, that facilitate collaboration, disseminate best practices, engage partners in discussion and information sharing, and connect efforts across disciplines and geography.
Build A Movement
Through Advocacy and Engagement
The Canopy creates meaningful change in city, state and federal policy and systems. We do so through engagement and mobilization of a diverse membership base of individuals and organizations committed to working collectively.
Through Training and Technical Assistance
The Canopy offers a variety of learning opportunities designed to build the capacity of others by equipping them with knowledge, skills and tools to successfully carry out collaborative strategic planning, network stewardship and community engagement. We offer training, online resources, events, publications and individualized support.
2017 Collective Impact Summit Report
The Civic Canopy hosted over 200 partners at a multi-day Summit in November 2017, designed to enhance knowledge and skills in collaborative processes.
Roaring Fork School District Housing Guidelines
The Civic Canopy facilitated discussions and helped craft this set of guidelines. They were recently passed in Spring 2017 by the Roaring Fork School District.