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"Joining forces to accelerate change"

The Collective Impact Project (CIP) is a collaborative community development initiative that involves eight philanthropic partners and three other strategic partners. Through the pooling of financial and non-financial resources, the CIP aims to intensify and ensure greater coherence to the support given to comprehensive community development and revitalization efforts pursued by neighbourhoods in Montreal.
The CIP was conceived by Centraide of Greater Montreal and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, who together mobilized the project’s subsequent partners. Centraide is now the project manager. The project is based on the assumption that if both funding support and funders’ strategic action are coordinated, local communities will be able to achieve more meaningful results with regard to poverty reduction. A further assumption is that this action will work to change systemic conditions at the regional level that impede local communities’ capacity for action.
From September 2016 to March 2017, PhiLab's Jean-Marc Fontan and Nancy Pole were commissioned to carry out an action research project that chronicled the CIP's origins, painting this picture of the conditions that gave rise to the CIP,  and sketched out its operating model as it emerged and evolved over the course of the project's first year.  This study was carried out as part of the CIP’s overall evaluation, whose main purpose is to promote strategic learning along four dimensions: strategies of support to communities, the partnership itself, the initiative’s regional influence, and the philanthropic action model developed through the initiative.
The study situates the initial intentions and reviews the key moments of the design and early implementation phases of the CIP. Among other things, it focuses on the formation and evolution of the partnership and asks the following questions: 
  • What identity does the CIP assume, and what does it want to achieve? 
  • How do stakeholders in the CIP action system embrace and understand the opportunity that this initiative represents? 
The study’s findings are intended to support greater awareness among partners and suggest possible adjustments to be made. It also provides a portrait of the initiative’s starting point, which can then serve as a reference for future evaluation activities.

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To find out more about the Collective Impact Project, contact  Centraide by email at

The Working Paper is here



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