Active CANs

Collaborative Action Networks for Collective Impact


ImpactTulsa’s Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) engage partners across organizations to collectively take action to improve community-level outcomes using data-driven continuous improvement. The CANs also provide participants with tools and practices they can draw from and incorporate into their organization’s own efforts towards advancing best practices and outcomes.

Collaborative Action Networks

Nutrition Access CAN

Aimed to bring partners together and address the food crisis experienced by families living in Tulsa county. This CAN focused specifically on people living near 61st and Peoria, while also looking through a universal lens on policy changes that can improve access to nutritious foods. We paid specific attention to SNAP enrollment, as well as other factors related to nutrition access that members of the group identified as being important.


Invited partners to come together and address the challenges posed by how the Ages and Stages Questionnaire data was being handled. This information was intended to be used for connecting families to the resources they needed in order to address developmental delays. CAN participants used the ASQ to complete a landscape analysis of relevant providers in Tulsa.

My Brother’s Keeper CAN

The MBK Milestone 1 Workgroup officially launched in August 2022 with proximate early childhood partners, practitioners, and parents eager to begin developing strategies around school discipline. Workgroup members began breaking silos of understanding by connecting with one another, learning each other’s purpose in committing to this space, and understanding the context of the disparities that exist in early childhood discipline practices. During this session, T’erra Estes, Executive Director of Teach Not Punish, and Xavier Graves, Executive Director of The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma, were introduced as co-chairs for this CAN. Their proximity to this focus area in their lived experiences and institutional work is why we’re thrilled to have them lead the group in a direction that is both human and equity-centered.

Portrait of T'erra Estes
Portrait of Xavier Graves


In session two, workgroup members began understanding the purpose and structure of this dedicated space, including an overview of the continuous learning and improvement (CLI) process, finalizing working agreements and reflecting on their power of influence to really hone in on what opportunities their role affords to address these inequities, especially as the group moves towards understanding and validating factors that contribute to the problem of practice.

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