2017 in Review: Collective Impact Network

Find all of the 2017 Year in Review (Annual Report) pages on the foundation  page, Executive Summary: Collaborating With Strength


The Collective Impact Network (CIN) brings together seven agencies that work with a provincial mandate in BC and is an initiative supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority. The philosophy behind collective impact is that complex social challenges can be better addressed by a group of stakeholders with a common agenda than these issues can be addressed when groups act on their own. The stakeholders in the Collective Impact Network include the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC) for Gay Men’s Health, Pacific Hepatitis C Network (PHCN), Pivot Legal Society, Positive Living BC (PLBC), and YouthCO. Click on the link of each of the participating organizations to read their profiles and learn about their relationship to the CIN. In September 2018, they were joined by Options for Sexual Health.

PAN serves as co-leader with the PHSA, and the backbone organization of the network, coordinating the efforts to bring the member groups together for meetings, planning and action. Within the CIN, PAN organizes and facilitates quarterly meetings of the network, and moving shared priorities forward, which this year focused on best practices around peer-based work and a province-wide needs assessment for HCV.

The primary goal of the Collective Impact Network (CIN) is to facilitate collaboration on priority areas that will best support people living with HIV and HCV and the frontline organizations that serve them. Our focus is BC, although we recognize that some of our work may help other parts of the country too. The CIN has been meeting for just over a year. We have established the foundation for our work together moving forward, and share the following priorities:

1. Increase involvement of People with Lived Experience (PWLE);
2. Increase program equity and services
a. for HIV and HCV;
b. across BC (urban, suburban, rural and remote locations);
3. Harm Reduction;
4. Reducing Stigma.

Using Mapping Approaches to Peer-Based Work Project to address the first priority, work is now ongoing on developing support to organizations so they may increase the involvement of PWLE. PAN also continues to support the KT stage of the BCCDC and BCCSU Peer Compensation projects through links and communications on our web site and weekly newsletter. In PAN’s 2017 Members’ & Stakeholders’ Survey, an overwhelming 93% of respondents said their organization supported people with lived experience in volunteering, working, or holding leadership positions.

For priority 2a (Increase program equity and services for HIV and HCV), one of the projects we completed in our first year was a needs assessment of information and advocacy needs around Hep C resources in BC. The needs assessment was completed through the Hepatitis C Caucus of the CIN.  This led to PHCN’s ongoing Hep C Treatment Facts and Pathways project which has made contact with service providers and drug user groups in BC interested in providing input into resource development. Two other projects addressing hepatitis C funded by the PHSA’s Innovation Fund 2018 are PHCN’s Peer Navigation Project and YouthCO’s HIV and Hep C Care for Trans, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit Youth Project, both launching in the fall of 2018.

In addressing priority 3, harm reduction, the network – inspired by the work of the CBRC – has been united in its support of and advocacy for PrEP becoming publically funded and more accessible as key to prevention.

PAN provided backbone support again for to the PHSA’s Innovation Fund, and this time the call to apply was wider than our network. Applicants were asked to outline the provincial scope of the project, why it was innovative, how it meaningfully engaged people with lived experience and collaboration with other organizations. The CIN scored the applications which were then submitted to an final evaluation review committee to give recommendations to the PHSA who made the final decision.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Collective Impact Network this past year. We look forward to moving the agenda further forward as we focus around 3 workgroups (for Priority 1, 2b and 4) tasked with landing achievable results in the next 18 months.


Simon Goff,
Collective Impact Coordinator


Read More:

2017 Executive Summary: Collaborating with Strength
2017 in Review: Training and Leadership
2017 in Review: Positive Leadership Development Institute
2017 in Review: Community-Based Research
2017 in Review: Evaluation
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