Network Summit Report - February 7, 2013

An agency or group working in isolation can no longer address complex social issues. Successful impact requires collaboration. Over the last decade, networks - partnerships and coalitions of stakeholders - have become a key vehicle for this collaboration. Bringing different players to the table, networks are analyzing community needs and mobilizing action, particularly for vulnerable groups. These networks are collaborating to address the concerns of seniors, youth, women, newcomers and the LGBTQ community. They are tackling issues from crime prevention to mental health. Over 45 of such networks were identified by the Network Research Project, some addressing a specific theme across the GTA, such as food security, and others involved in planning a specific neighbourhood initiative such as a service hub.