There are a number of categories of tools that are accessible from this page. They are:

Section A - Research Wiki

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Research Coordinator: Amanda Almond

MAPS Alberta Capital Region works with the vision of a more holistic and collaborative approach to supporting the healthy development of children, youth, individuals and families. This Wiki was created to assist our partners in identifying relevant research and materials to support their work.

Wherever possible, source materials have been included, linked to or identified. Topics currently available (or under construction) in this Wiki include:
  • Alberta Resources
  • Community Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Public Education
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Mental Health
  • Social Services Sector
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health
  • Violence & Trauma

Section B - Partnerships/Collaborations

Creating and Maintaining Effective Partnerships Guide

Author: Deborah Morrison (CPEF Facilitator)

This short and simple guide outlines the Community Partnership Enhancement Forum (C.P.E.F.) learnings around increasing the degree and depth of partnership work. It is useful for staff and partner organizations working in partnership to develop sustainable community based supports for children, youth, families and communities.

Creating and Maintaining Effective Partnerships Powerpoint Presentation

Author: Deborah Morrison (CPEF Facilitator)

This powerpoint presentation highlights the critical pieces in the Creating and Maintaining Effective Partnerships Guide and is a useful tool when considering partnering with other organizations or groups.

Should we dance? A resource for effective partnering

Author: Ann Goldblatt (Facilitator)
  • Inner City Connections
The intention of this resource is to stimulate thought and discussion if one is considering whether to form or enter into a partnership, or if one is reflecting on an existing partnership. The prevailing question is "What does it take to sustain a healthy partnership?" The 3 major considerations discussed are: 1) to partner or to go it alone, 2) the mechanics of sustaining partnerships and, 3) relating to others in the partnership.

The Amazing Partnership Race

Author: Leduc Community Partnership Enhancement Committee
  • Leduc Regional Partnership Enhancement Committee
  • Town of Beaumont FCSS
  • Leduc County FCSS
  • R.C.M.P.
The challenge within a large geographic service area is that many workers do not know the resources available to their clients, or who to go to to access such services. The Amazing Race was designed to build relationships and rapport between staff members at linked human service agencies and to gain a greater understanding of the services provided by the agencies.

How to Build Relationships with People Who Hold Positions of Political Power?

Author: The Community Tool Box – Section 7. Building & Sustaining Relationships (Date Accessed: February, 2008)

How do you form relationships with people who have titles? -- Elected officials, business leaders, or heads of large organizations. Remember, they are probably not Martians, and once upon a time, they didn’t have that title at all. Additional information can be found at

Ingredients for a Healthy Partnership

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

A checklist of attributes that are indicative of a healthy partnership.

Key Learnings/Action Record

Author: Kelly Hennig, Mill Woods Mapping and Beyond Committee

The purpose of this worksheet is to document 1) the challenges and actions undertaken throughout the development of the project, 2) to acknowledge contributions of stakeholders across numerous themes, and 3) to serve as a reflective document on the work accomplished and the challenges overcome.

Action Plan Worksheet

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

Aspects you might wish to consider when you are developing your action plan.

Action Implementation Plan

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

This worksheet identifies the components you might want to consider when preparing to implement your action plan.

Components of an Effective Partnership Agreement

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

A listing of items that one should consider when drawing up a partnership agreement.

Logic Model

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

This diagram demonstrates the links between what you do leading to the changes you wish to achieve.

Partnership Agreement - Sample

Author: Braemar School & Terra Centre
  • Braemar School (E.P.S.B.)
  • Terra Centre
This is an example of a partnership agreement that was created between Braemar School and Terra Centre. It outlines key components of the partnership including: committments, expectations, conflict resolution plan and reporting.

Partnership Assessment - Brief Questionnaire

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

3 brief questions to assess your partnership.

Partnership Membership

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

This worksheet provides a means of identifying important elements of the partnership.

Partnership Outcome Evaluation

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

This assessment tool has been designed to measure the success of the partnership. It is suggested that all committee members complete the assessment annually so that improvements can be tracked. This assessment can be used to provide a base line from which to assess change.

Sustaining Relationships - How to

Author: Reference: The Community Tool Box – Section 7. Building & Sustaining Relationships (Date Accessed: February, 2008)

Relationships, like any other living thing, need care to keep them alive and healthy. So what do you do with them to keep them going? Additional information can be found at

When Relationships Get Messy

Author: The Community Tool Box – Section 7. Building & Sustaining Relationships (Date Accessed: February, 2008)

Many relationships get messy sooner or later and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, sometimes people need a good fight or a clearing of the air in order to get a relationship back on track. A conflict doesn’t mean the relationship has to come to an end. Remember: we often fight with the people we care about the most and with whom we share our greatest hopes. Additional information can be found at

Building Relationships - An 11 Step Program

Author: The Community ToolBox - Section 7. Building & Sustaining Relationships (Date accessed: February, 2008)

Here are some tips for getting your relationships off the ground. Some of these ideas we learned in the first grade but, as adults, we sometimes forget. Additional information can be found at

Section C - Community Engagement

Enhancing Community Capacity to Engage & Involve Immigrant & Refugee Families: A Model for Inclusive Collaboration

Author: Charlene Ball
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Multi-Cultural Health Brokers Co-Operative
  • City of Edmonton
  • Alberta Employment & Immigration
  • Community University Partnership
  • Edmonton & Area FCSS
  • Key leaders in Afghan, Sudanese, Somali, Franco-African & Kurdish Communities
In 2008 Families First Edmonton (FFE) was a multi-sectoral research project that was seeking to understand the social, health and economic impact of various service delivery models on low-income children, families and their communities throughout Edmonton. This document outlines a model for Inclusive Collaboration that emerged from the project which engaged key leaders within the Francophone-African, Kurdish, Somali and Sudanese communities.

(NOTE: This is a large file and will take several minutes to download.)

A Hero's Journey: A Handbook for Facilitators of Multicultural Parenting

Authors: Monique Nutter & Elizabeth Lange (January, 2006)
  • Multi-Cultural Health Brokers Co-Operative
  • St. Albert FCSS
  • Action for Healthy Communities
  • Region 6 CFSA
  • Success By 6 Community Team
This handbook is the result of a 2 year participatory action research project on transformative learning in multicultural parenting and was written to support those interested in facilitating multicultural parenting education with immigrant parents. Although the handbook does set out some sample curricula, it is not simply a set of plans to be implemented. Rather it is a guide to a process of planning, acting and evaluating.

The authors are calling this process a 'hero's journey' based on the goals, fears, anxiety, humor and joy that is a part of the process of confronting myths, departing from safe and comfortable harbors to journey through unknown waters, and eventually arriving in foreign territory and learning the skills necessary to slowly make a new home. The handlbook traces the journey that both facilitators and families need to go through to make the journey.

Camp Experience (Volume 1): A Partnership of Community Agencies Working Together for Brighter Futures

  • R.C.M.P. Leduc Detachment
  • Boys & Girls Club of Leduc
  • City of Leduc Family Community Support Services
  • Child & Family Services Leduc Office
This manual is an outine of how one community brought their vision of 'creating a community where children and youth were free from family violence/bullying' to reality by offering a camp experience to this target population. The Camp Experience was seen as an opportunity for children and youth, living in a home where there is some form of family violence, to build self-esteem and develop the necessary tools to assist them in breaking the cycle of violence. The manual outlines the necessities (vision, mission, mandate, funding and screening); the Camp Experience itself (planning & preparation, emergency planning, camp program, itinerary); and Training Workshops/Modules and Measurement Tools that were used for and during this unique experience.

Changes Manual

Authors: Marlene Pelletier & Nicolle Poirier (written & researched)
  • Town of Morinville FCSS
  • Edmonton Garrison, Military Family Resource Centre
  • Ecole Georges Vanier School and their Parent Council
This manual begins by identifying how children might be affected by temporary loss and/or separation of a parent. It then describes the "Changes" program, which was created by one community to address these issues and whose goals included a) creating a safe, nurturing environment that allows children to express their feelings; b) teaching children to identify and understand their feelings; c) normalizing children's experiences and feelings and; d) teaching coping, communication and stress management skills. The children involved in the program were in Grades One to Six (ages six to eight or nine to eleven).

Needs Assessment Research for Somali Community in Edmonton

Authors: Bashir Ahmed, M-Ed, Dr. Mohamed A. Jimaale, dvm, Phd, Abdullahi A. Roble, Abdinur KH. Yusuf (Research Authors)
  • Multi-Cultural Health Brokers Co-Operative,
  • Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services
  • Edmonton Public Schools
This is the first research of its kind ever conducted in Alberta, particularly in Edmonton and surrounding areas. The aim of the research was to examine the needs, strengths, and priorities of Somali families, youth and children in Edmonton by highlighting the barriers, challenges and priorities faced by the Somali community in general, and particularly by women and children in their resettlement experience.

Building the Puzzle: A Forum to Work Toward a System-Linking Family Violence Protocol

Author: Wendy M. Doughty, PhD
  • Community Initiatives Against Family Violence & Bullying (CIAFV)
Community Initiatives Against Family Violence and Bullying (CIAFV) organized a Forum in 2008 as a first step in developing a system-linking, community-wide family violence protocol. This document shares the learnings gained during the Forum.

Caring Community Collaborations Guide: A Model for Working with Individuals and Families with Complex Needs

Authors: Deborah Morrison & Firozeh Penhani
  • Dunluce Collaborative
This model was developed by the Dunluce Collaborative as a response to the identification of Afghani families living in Dunluce with complex needs and isolated from their community. It was founded on a desire to provide a holistic and supportive community based response to supporting these specific families in their healthy development as well as assisting the neighbourhood to reach out to and include these families.

This power point presentation identifies and elaborates on the 6 phases identified within the model.

Community Engagement Presentation (1.5 hr) OR
Community Engagement Presentation (3 hr)

Author: Deborah Morrison, CPEF Facilitator

Community engagement is about working together with community members and organizations to address issues of importance and concern in the community. These 2 powerpoint presentations look at the different levels of engagement, leading practice principles, 5 questions to ask before planning a community strategy, the 5 step engagement planning cycle and 10 techniques for communication conversations.

Although both presentations include activities and interactive exercises for participants to apply the theory to their own experience; the 3 hour presentation has more opportunities to explore.