Together, we are working to improve the well-being of children and youth in Waterloo Region and to move the needle on nine dimensions of child and youth well-being. We do that by working together in a Collective Impact model.
In 2018, voting members endorsed our charter document that outlines how we work, the roles and responsibilities for our members, and our governance structure. For details on the charter, including an infographic that breaks everything down, please click here.
What is Collective Impact
Collective impact is a way of working together. It brings together different organizations to solve large complex problems – in our case, children and youth well-being. Collective impact is built on five interconnected components to strengthen alignment and lead to large scale results:
We have a shared vision for happy, healthy children and youth – today and tomorrow, and 6 Shared Goals for Children and Youth. We have a joint approach to solving problems through our Shared Foundation for Practice.
We have developed a measurement framework to track and monitor our progress using common indicators. These indicators are included in the Child Wellbeing Dashboard.
The Children and Youth Planning Table Working Groups are taking action on specific focus areas as identified by the broader Children and Youth Planning Table. Learn more about our mutually reinforcing activities on our “Current Work” page.
There are multiple ways to stay engaged with the Children and Youth Planning Table. All members receive an E-News Bulletin every two months. Every member is invited to attend Children and Youth Planning Table Meetings. Members and the broader community are encouraged to follow along and join the conversation on Twitter (@CYPTWR).
The Children and Youth Planning Table staff provide ongoing support to all functions of the Children and Youth Planning Table. This includes helping to guide vision and strategy, facilitating meetings and Working Groups, developing shared measurement practice, and mobilizing funding.
To read the recommendations from the Children and Youth Planning Table Collective Impact Recommendation Working Group, please click here: Final Recommendations
The Shared Foundation for Practice focuses on four pillars (see below) for working together with children, youth and families in our community. Under each pillar, you will find a link to the Extended Version, which includes information and resources to support members with the Shared Foundation for Practice.
In 2019, CYPT Voting Members made the decision to evolve the Shared Goals for Child and Youth Wellbeing to include the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being developed by UNICEF Canada. This shared measurement evolution was officially implemented in January 2020. Members were excited to see so much alignment between what CYPT members had established locally with what children and youth across Canada said mattered to their well-being. The evolved framework benefits from the considerable research done by UNICEF Canada into the well-being of children and youth, as defined by children and youth themselves.
We now measure nine dimensions of child and youth well-being:
We are happy and respected.
We are connected to our environment.
We are secure.
We are participating.
We are learning.
We are healthy.
We are free to play.
We are protected.
Together, we are working to improve the well-being of children and youth in Waterloo Region and to move the needle on these nine dimensions of child and youth well-being. These focus areas are key to the well-being of children and youth.
In March 2020, CYPT Voting Members also made the decision to employ ‘We Belong‘ as the lens that would guide the majority of the work done by the collective. You can learn more about this here.
Historically, the 32 measures and six shared goals were named by CYPT Members as a place to start when measuring child and youth well-being – it is these measures that are highlighted in this report.