Spark Update: In Systems Change, Individuals Matter - Individuals Matter. Many of the problems our partners are working to address cannot be solved by organizations working in isolation: our impact is greater when we work together and ensure those most impacted by the change are part of the problem-definition and solution. Spark’s approach to systems change is fundamentally grounded in an inclusive and […]
Spark Policy Institute August Spark News: Getting Unstuck – Equity, Advocacy, and Collective Impact - Are We Getting Anywhere? At Spark, we’re experts at developing actionable strategies to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes. But in today’s complex environment, it’s sometimes challenging for our partners to see the progress they’ve made. In our August newsletter, we’re sharing resources you can apply in real-life settings to measure your progress and take positive steps […]
Spark Policy Institute January SparkNews: A Look Back - As we kick off the new year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on a year filled with ups, downs, and in-betweens, all in a handy infographic. We also wanted to say thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to sparking change for the better last year. From all of us at […]
Spark Policy Institute November SparkNews: Keeping the Momentum - Our original plan for this month was to write about thankfulness – how thankful we are for you, our partners, who are the best part of what we do. We are grateful and humbled every day that we get to work alongside such inspiring people and organizations, whose efforts and initiatives are making a difference […]
September SparkNews: Better, Together - Like a good book and a rainy day, cookies and milk, road trips and your best playlist, some things are just better together. Why? Because they are able to bring out the best in their partners. It’s often the same in systems change work: when we strategically partner with each other, the whole is better […]
All gender restroom equity Summer Spark News: Making the Commitment - Our mission at Spark has long been to develop innovative and research-based solutions to society’s complex problems. After a summer that has seen devastating violence and expressions of xenophobia and hate across the country – as well as outpourings of generosity and stories of strength – we see more than ever the need to address […]
Colorado Farm to School Task Force Logo Western Slope Wins $90k to Support Farmers - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2016 Contact: Sophie Oppenheimer, Spark Policy Institute & Colorado Farm to School Task Force 720-272-2139; Abbie Brewer, Valley Food Partnership 970-249-0705; Western Slope Wins $90k to Support Farmers The Colorado Farm to School Task Force and CoBank join forces to support farm to school The Western Slope, headed […]
Spark Policy Institute June Spark News: Changing the World, One System at a Time - This month, we’re looking at how organizations can support large-scale systems change, either as a backbone, partner, evaluator, fiscal intermediary, or through many other roles. But we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to talk about what happened in Orlando. Earlier in June, we witnessed the worst mass shooting in our country’s […]
Image of stakeholders May SparkNews: Transforming Health - All of the rapid change in the health landscape allows for exciting opportunities to engage stakeholders and, therefore, create solutions that are as equitable as they are innovative. However, engaging these voices effectively requires a commitment to the process to ensure they aren’t just token representation, and that their perspectives and lived experiences truly inform the process. This […]
People in a community April SparkNews: It’s about People - Sometimes, it is all too easy to get caught up in the how of work that we forget the why. How do we identify the leverage points that will cause a systemic shift? How do we sustain change? These are important questions and they constitute the bulk of what we DO, but they don’t answer […]
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