A Common Agenda

the Veronica mafiaA Common Agenda is one of the 5 conditions of Collective Impact.

The Common Agenda includes a collective goal. This month we’ve been crafting a goal statement. Here are four variations, for rework:

  1. Children and youth in the Capital Region are healthy and happy from prenatal through to post-secondary; thriving and reaching their full potential.
  2. Happy, healthy children and youth today; caring, creative, responsible adults tomorrow. (Child & Youth Network statement)
  3. Together, improving the health and well-being of all children, youth and families in the Capital Region.
  4. Children, youth and families in the capital region: strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. (adapted from Reggio Emilia)

Please send suggestions & refinements to petra@ypsn.ca or make your comments below.

What Makes a Good Childhood?

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What Makes a Good Childhood?

Prenatal to Post secondary Partners have been asking the question: What Makes a Good Childhood?

We’ve collectively identified a working list of features of a good childhood, organized into the following seven themes:

Basic Needs

Housing, food & income

Play & Nature

Opportunities for creative, non-structured play, including freedom to run, play & explore.


Safe homes, safe schools & safe communities

Learning & Community Contribution

Access to a continuum of learning experiences & opportunities to contribute.


A sense of belonging & feeling wanted. Continued acceptance & unconditional regard even when young people become hard to appreciate or youth become intimidating.

Healthy Relationships (Informal Networks)

Love, enduring primary attachment, family, community, friendships & role models.

Community & Health Services (Formal Networks)

Including: Universal services such as recreation resources, neighborhood houses, and health care professionals. Preventative or safety-net supports such as mental health services and crisis response.

What do you think?

Tell us! What have we missed?

Collective Impact

The Child & Youth Health Network is using a Collective Impact as an approach to improve outcomes for young people throughout Southern Vancouver Island.

Collective Impact is a complexity-theory based approach that engages cross-sectorial partners for system change. Collective Impact enables stakeholders to use existing resources to improve the health and sustainability of their communities by: 1) convening around a common agenda that is supported by locally-generated data; and 2) redesigning initiatives to ensure mutually reinforcing activities. Due to its effectiveness, Collective Impact is being taken up by communities across North America and around the globe, as a way for diverse stakeholders to address some of our most complex 21st-century challenges.

The following are resources on the Collective Impact model.

Collective Impact in Action


  • The original Collective Impact paper, with links to other papers published by the Stanford Social Innovation review.
  • A recent, comprehensive text resource is ‘Collective Insights on Collective Impact’ from the Stanford Social Innovation Review is comprised of 9 short articles and includes some of the most recent thinking about Collective Impact.




Image from ssireview.org


For more information contact Petra Chambers-Sinclair, Coordinator, Child & Youth Health Network Collective Impact initiative: petra@ypsn.ca