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November 21, 2011

Uniting Cross-Sector Actors to End Homelessness in Calgary

In a recent blog post, Learning How to Measure Impact Together, we discussed shared measurement – a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact. Shared measurement also recognizes that tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation.

In a recent webinar held by FSG, a US-based non-profit consulting firm, an example of shared measurement systems is presented with a profile of the...

November 16, 2011

Figuring out what to measure and how to do it

A logic model is a commonly-used tool to explain and illustrate a program within an organization. While a logic model is sometimes referred to as a logical framework, theory of change, or program matrix, the purpose is usually the same: to graphically depict your program, initiative, project or even the sum total of all of your organization’s work. It also serves as a foundation for program planning and evaluation.[1]

The Outcome Indicators Project is a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Center for What Works and serves as...

October 27, 2011


We’ve all heard and used the term “Gross Domestic Product”, but how about “Index of Wellbeing”? This recently introduced index, based out of the University of Waterloo, has introduced a new way to understand Canada’s economic health. Let’s take a look…

Academics from Canada and around the world have complied research to develop the 64 indicators which are tracked by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, including indicators such as health, living standards and education. The index is intended to be a more comprehensive tool than GDP, tracking a diverse set of factors that affect communities and the Canadian population to ultimately paint a picture of our country’s quality of life.

What are people saying about this new index? Some comment on the fact that the launch of the index coincides quite appropriately with the messages behind the Occupy...

October 27, 2011

Shared Measurement is a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact, and tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation. FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm based in the US, is holding a webinar in early November about shared measurement systems. Vancity Community Foundation’s Bryn Sadownik (Program Manager, Evaluation and Community Impact) participated in an FSG webinar earlier this year and was very inspired.

Webinar date: November 9, 2011

9-10am PT, 11am-Noon CT, Noon-1pm ET

More informaion and registration
 

October 4, 2011

Expansion into Canada allows non-profits to harness the potential of mapping and satellite technology to visualize their cause.
 

Born out of an act of environmental advocacy, the Google Earth Outreach program is enhancing the work of non-profit organizations around the world by providing access to technology to map out their activities and impact.  And now, Canada can take part!

Over the past seven years, Google Earth Outreach has provided a tool that enables community groups to tell their stories with free access to mapping and satellite technology. Any registered charity can have access to the technology, which essentially gives non-profits and community organizations “…the...

September 29, 2011

When you hear the word “impact”, what comes to mind? While your first thoughts may include that kickboxing class you just joined, it is it is also true that the term “impact” is often used loosely to encompass any type of reporting about the social or environmental mission of an organization. In the world of evaluation, this word has a much ‘tighter’ meaning:  Impact is the tracking of long-term outcomes, controlling for external influences, or using randomized control trials to prove that the outcomes are attributable to a particular organization’s efforts.


What does this mean in practice?  Consider the following example which may seem straight forward, but is more challenging when you get down to the details.

Hypothetical measurement need:   A business wants to measure the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of providing discounted solar roof panels.

A Simple Solution?  Greenhouse gas emissions...

September 28, 2011

Welcome to the Demonstrating Value blog, where the DV team shares tools, resources and information that will assist community-based organizations plan, manage and communicate the value of their work.
 

This blog complements the Demonstrating Value website, where you can find detailed information on Demonstrating Value tools and expertise. Blog posts will be published regularly, as new issues, ideas, tools and updates emerge. We invite you to join the community, comment on any of our blog posts and participate in the Demonstrating Value dialogue!
 

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