Collective and Collaborative Place Based Initiatives

A Knowledge Review: What Works, What Matters, Why and Guidance for the Peter McKenzie Project (PMP)

Prepared for JR McKenzie Trust by Inspiring  Communities and Tamarack: an Institute for Community Engagement (June 2014)

The Peter McKenzie Project is a new initiative of the JR McKenzie Trust (JRMT) seeking to make a new strategic long term investment to create social change in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

This knowledge review is one of two papers that the PMP has concurrently commissioned to build the Trust’s understanding and knowledge in terms of the approaches  to reducing poverty/inequality for further investigation.  These are:

  1. Lifting the importance of investing in children to one of national value – changing hearts and minds of New Zealanders to positively influence policy, investment frameworks and cultural norms in terms of how we value, nurture and support all New Zealand to reach their full potential.
  2. Collective impact/place based collaborative initiatives – with one or more geographic communities potentially being chosen to invest in and support local change efforts to reduce inequalities/child poverty.

This report focuses on learning and evidence around collective and collaborative place-based approaches to reducing poverty and inequality.  We seek to bring together both insights and experience from international and New Zealand contexts and to offer our advice to JRMT in terms of:

  • why collective and collaborative place based initiatives provide a useful approach for addressing complex social issues such as child poverty
  • key components of collective initiatives and collaborative place based working
  • expected benefits, impacts and challenges from working in these ways
  • best strategies for evaluating change, outcomes and continuous learning
  • key considerations in the establishment of and/or investment in collective and collaborative place based approaches.

Read the Knowledge Review