Research and Action for Youth Health

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Phase One

Collective Impact - Phase One


Since April 2014, more than 40 organizations and approximately 20 youth have been steadfast in their commitment to a unified approach by participating in gatherings. The first year of Phase 1 consisted of workshops introducing the concept of collective impact that captured the interest of many stakeholders. The small group of influential champions originally came together to talk about youth homelessness and by the end of 2014 the common issue of youth transitioning from foster care had emerged.

Year two of Phase 1 was highly process driven – a challenge in a service community that is deeply engrossed in taking action and hoping for immediate results. The collective impact lens is effective in dealing with complex social issues but it’s a long term approach known to take up to 5 years for the desired impact. Although faced with changing participants at the four community gatherings, stakeholders demonstrated their commitment by investing in the processes that led to a strong foundation moving into Phase 2.


Phase One Interim Report

Download a copy of the final report from Phase One of this initiative: Download


Health Profile Fact Sheet


This fact sheet shares data about the health of youth with government care experience, the inequities that exist in our communities, and offers evidence about how we can improve the health of youth transitioning out of care. Download

Journey Maps

Journey Map 1

Journey Map 2

Phase One Evaluation

McCreary evaluated Phase One of the collective impact initiative, assessing if there was a shared vision and willingness to move forward collectively to support youth transitioning out of care in Vancouver. Download

A fact sheet is also available to highlight key findings from the evaluation: Download