Issue Area Groups
Issue Area Groups (IAGs) are collaboratives comprised of community organizations, service providers (for and not-for-profits), and other issue area stakeholders, that provide an inclusive and diverse network for members to engage in collaborative action. IAGs meet regularly to plan, make recommendations, and take action on specific issues affecting the community. Building on the knowledge and resources of its participants, IAGs work to improve community conditions through the development and implementation of proactive and cost-efficient strategies that maximize resources and result in improved outcomes for individuals and the overall community.
There are two categories of IAGs:
- CAN IAG – This is a fully recognized CAN body that has been officially designated by the CAN as a "CAN IAG". It meets regularly, at least quarterly, is open to all who have a vested interest in participating, has its own governance and/or by-laws, and publicly represents CAN as an Issue Area Group.
- Other / Ad-hoc IAGs – Public and private organizations, individuals, coalitions, and/or alliances that come together, when needed, to coordinate efforts with CAN and become the workgroup and the consultative body for an Issue Area that is not in existence or for which a CAN IAG has not been officially designated.