Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning

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About this workshop

Collaborative systems change work is complex and requires participants to be able to see the system in which they operate and understand how parts of this system relate to each other. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn about multiple tools for seeing the system in which they work, identifying key partners to engage from this system, and assessing how your collaborative work is unfolding across phases of collaborative evolution. We will practice applying two tools during the workshop: Actor Mapping and Ecocycle Mapping (see below for more on these two tools). Attendees will also receive an orientation to multiple other tools and resources that can help you visualize, plan, and implement your collaborative systems change work. Come ready to engage!

In this session you will:

  • Practice creating an Actor Map, a systems thinking tool that focuses on identifying and visualizing actors in the system and understanding their connections
  • Practice creating an Ecocycle Map for your initiative, which helps visualize how resources and energy are distributed across your work, in order to plan for collaborative resilience
  • Learn about additional collaborative engagement and planning tools
  • Discuss how you might apply these tools in your own work
  • Learn from peers about how these tools apply in their contexts

This session includes a half-day workshop on September 14 from 1pm – 4:30pm ET. as well as copies of the workshop post-event recording and related presentation.

Faculty: Cindy Santos, Senior Associate, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum

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About Essentials for Collective Impact

This workshop is part of the Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series. Attendees can register for the full series pass and join all four online workshops, or register for an individual workshop on a specific topic.

Registration Details

To Register: Visit our Eventbrite site to register for a single workshop or a full series pass of all four workshops.

Workshop Rates: Individual topic workshops cost $175 each. The full series pass for all four workshops costs $599. Visit our registration site to join a workshop or the full series.

Scholarships: A limited number of reduced-price registration scholarships are available for this workshop. This scholarship reduces the single workshop registration from $175 to $50. To apply for a reduced-price scholarship, please fill out this form by Friday, August 25. Awardees will be notified if they are selected for a scholarship by August 29, 2023.

Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds are available, minus a 10% processing fee, as long as registrants contact us in writing ahead of the cancellation deadline. Please see our FAQ below for cancellation deadlines.

Workshop Faculty

Jennifer Splansky Juster is Executive Director of the fielding-building initiative the Collective Impact Forum. She is one of FSG’s leaders in collective impact field building, has worked on multiple collective impact engagements, designed training opportunities for thousands collective impact practitioners, and frequently speaks on the topic. Jennifer has co-authored multiple publications on collective impact, including the report Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact and the articles “Centering Equity in Collective Impact,” “Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation,” and “Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact.” Over the course of her career, Jennifer has also worked with a range of foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations across sectors on issues of strategy, evaluation, and program design. Former clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Girard College, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Silicon Valley ALLIES. A California native, Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters.

Cindy Santos is Senior Associate at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Cindy Santos joins the Aspen Institute with over 10 years of experience working on a national level. Her career has focused on increasing the organizational capacity of child and family serving systems to develop effective strategies and implement scaleable and sustainable solutions. Cindy served as a State/Territory Liaison with the Center for States, working closely with the Children’s Bureau and child welfare agencies in NY, NJ, PR, and USVI. In her most recent role, Cindy served as a National Partnerships Advisor at Casey Family Programs. Her work focused on improving cross-systems and multi-disciplinary collaboration between Child Welfare Agencies and Dependency Courts, achieving equitable services and supports for kinship caregivers and narrative change.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this workshop? Please visit our registration site to join the full series or a single workshop.

Is this workshop in-person or online? This is an online workshop. We will be using Zoom Meeting for this session.

What time zone are the workshops using? We are using Eastern Time (US & Canada) with each session running from 1pm – 4:30pm ET. If you are joining from another time zone, please note the time difference.

What will this workshop entail? This 3.5 hour workshop on September 14 will include a mix of presentation, Q&A, and small group discussions. There will be a short break planned during the workshop.

What accessibility practices will Essentials for Collective Impact be using? We will have zoom auto-captions on for each workshop. Ahead of the workshop, we will send out copies of any presentation or handouts that the workshop will use. After the workshop, we will be sharing recordings of the workshop as well as any referenced resources.

Who Is Essentials for Collective Impact designed for? The Essentials for Collective Impact series can be helpful for anyone working in a collective impact effort, but may be especially helpful for those in the beginning/early stages of their collaborative work. If you are preparing to launch your collaborative or are in the first few years of your initiative, the resources shared in this series of workshops may be very valuable. The series is also broken up by topic, so you may choose the full series or the specific topic that you are most interested in.

If I attended the Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series in Fall 2022, will the content be the same? Can I join this series? The 2023 Essentials for Collective Impact series workshops are all new and are different from the topics in the 2022 series. So yes, please join us this fall!

What’s the difference between the Full Series and Single Workshop registration? If you are signing up for the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series, you are signing up for all four workshops. If you sign up for a single workshop in the series, you will be just registering for that specific workshop.

Will workshops be recorded? The workshop presentation and full group Q&A will be recorded and shared after the workshop with those who registered. Breakout group discussions that will be part of each workshop will not be recorded. Recordings will be shared within a week after the workshop.

Are there Group Rates available? Yes. If you have 10 or more people interested in registering for the complete Essentials for Collective Impact series of all four workshops ($599), there is a 10% discount available. Please contact Christopher Pulido at on how to access this discount. Single workshops in the series do not have a group discount.

Can my team sign-up with one registration? No. Each person will require their own registration as this is an active workshop where attendees will be broken up into small groups during the workshop time to discuss learning questions during the session.

How do I request a refund? Registered participants who decide to cancel their participation in either the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series or a single workshop will receive a refund of their registration fee minus a 10% processing fee. The 10% fee covers non-recoupable administrative and credit card processing expenses associated with registration and event preparation. All refund requests should be emailed to We are unable to process refunds after a refund deadline has passed.

Refund Cancellation Deadlines:

Full Workshop Series:

For a full four workshop series refund, requests for cancellations will be honored through Friday, September 8, 2023.

Single Workshops:

If you register for a single workshop, these are the refund deadlines. These are only for those who registered for a single workshop and not a full series pass.

  • Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: Friday, September 8, 2023
  • Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact: Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: Friday, October 20, 2023



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