Our Work

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.

Core Services

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:

Build Connections

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.

Build Capacity

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.

Our Products

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.

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2016 Canopy Annual Report

The Civic Canopy released its inaugural annual report highlighting accomplishments during 2016

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2016 Early Childhood Colorado Partnership Annual Report

The Civic Canopy provides staffing support to this network of statewide partners working collectively to ensure all children in Colorado are valued, healthy and thriving.

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2016 Collective Impact Summit

The Civic Canopy hosted over 200 partners at a multi-day Summit designed to enhance knowledge and skills in collaborative processes.

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2016 Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Stakeholder Series Report

The Civic Canopy facilitated a series of three stakeholder discussions in fall 2016 designed to review federal and state policy changes to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, and to offer recommendations for improvement.

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Latino Civic Health Index

The Civic Canopy in partnership with the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO), Denver Metro Chamber Leadership FoundationNational Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and the Colorado Civic Health Network released the Colorado Latino Civic Health Index.

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SHARE NE Denver Food Systems Assessment

The Civic Canopy supports SHARE Network, a collaborative of residents and programs in NE Denver committed to building a healthy community. SHARE released a Food Systems Assessment in 2014

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SAVING FOR OUR FUTURE

Saving for Our Future - Evaluating Colorado’s Public Retirement System was written in 2013
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Our Projects

Mapping the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Partners in the Outdoor Network (2015 -2017) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Partners in the Outdoors

Mapping the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Partners in the Outdoor Network (2015 -2017) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Partners in the Outdoors

Civic Network (2016 – present)

Civic Network (2016 – present)

COACT Children’s Mental Health Event 2017 – Office of Behavioral Health, CDHS

COACT Children’s Mental Health Event 2017 – Office of Behavioral Health, CDHS

Strengthening Working Families Initiative’s Regional Child Care Learning Community 2017 – Colorado Department of Human Services

Strengthening Working Families Initiative’s Regional Child Care Learning Community 2017 – Colorado Department of Human Services

Building a Culture of Collaboration Summit Annual Event

Building a Culture of Collaboration Summit Annual Event

Governor Hickenlooper’s Mental Health Hold Task Force 2016 – State of Colorado

Governor Hickenlooper’s Mental Health Hold Task Force 2016 – State of Colorado

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Stakeholder Series 2016 – Office of Early Childhood, CDHS

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Stakeholder Series 2016 – Office of Early Childhood, CDHS

We the People/Project Citizen (2016 – current)

We the People/Project Citizen (2016 – current)

Results Based Accountability Train the Trainers 2016 – Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU)

Results Based Accountability Train the Trainers 2016 – Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU)

Coaching Support to Build Facilitation Skills 2017 – Project LAUNCH, Young Child Wellness Council

Coaching Support to Build Facilitation Skills 2017 – Project LAUNCH, Young Child Wellness Council

LAUNCH Together Technical Assistance – SW Denver 2017 – Early Milestones Colorado

LAUNCH Together Technical Assistance – SW Denver 2017 – Early Milestones Colorado

Health Equity Learning Series in 80205 (2016-2017) – The Colorado Trust

Health Equity Learning Series in 80205 (2016-2017) – The Colorado Trust

Education Reform Dialogue Project 2017 – James Walton Foundation

Education Reform Dialogue Project 2017 – James Walton Foundation

Boulder County Early Childhood Mental Health Community Strategy Consensus Series 2017 – Boulder County Early Childhood Council

Boulder County Early Childhood Mental Health Community Strategy Consensus Series 2017 – Boulder County Early Childhood Council

Team UP Cradle to Career Initiative: Launching a Collective Impact Project 2017

Team UP Cradle to Career Initiative: Launching a Collective Impact Project 2017

Prowers County Healthy Community Collective Impact Project Planning (2014-2017)

Prowers County Healthy Community Collective Impact Project Planning (2014-2017)

IDD Sustainability Planning  2017 – Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

IDD Sustainability Planning 2017 – Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Mile High Early Learning Strategic Planning Project 2017

Mile High Early Learning Strategic Planning Project 2017

The Colorado Children’s Campaign  – Strategic Planning  (2014 & 2017)

The Colorado Children’s Campaign  – Strategic Planning (2014 & 2017)

Colorado Civic Health Network (2014-present)

Colorado Civic Health Network (2014-present)

East5ide Unified/Unido (2015-present)

East5ide Unified/Unido (2015-present)

SHARE Network (2009-present)

SHARE Network (2009-present)

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (2011-present)

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (2011-present)