Demonstrating Value Blog

August 10, 2012

Things have been quiet on the blog for the past few weeks, but behind the scenes we’ve been busier than ever. Now after a brief hiatus, we’re back to sharing news and stories on evaluation and impact, and discussing the tools, resources and information you need to tell your organizational story and communicate the value of your work.

Read on to learn about the exciting projects on-the-go at Demonstrating Value

A New Website for Demonstrating Value

Since we’re constantly evolving our Demonstrating Value tools and resources, we decided it was time to evolve our website as well. We’ve made our new website easier to navigate, so you can quickly have access to the information you need. Our new website features include:

•    An easy-to-read library of tools and resources with highlighted downloadable files and external links
•    A collection of snapshot templates and examples
•    An overview of current...

May 2, 2012

Using Demonstrating Value to Show Impact & Manage Performance

The Social Enterprise Portfolio Program, delivered by Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation, aims to ensure that promising social enterprises have access to the financial and technical resources required for both start-up and growth phases. The Program works with a portfolio of 8-10 social enterprises each year, providing a range of funding and other support depending on the needs and stage of the social enterprise. Social Enterprise Portfolio grant recipients use Demonstrating Value as a performance management and reporting tool.

In March, the most recent round of Portfolio grants were made to three deserving social enterprises in our community. Please join us in welcoming the following groups, who have already begun their work with...

May 1, 2012

Sharing thoughts from The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In Visualizing Data Helps Charities Get Attention, a recent article published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nicole Wallace paints a compelling picture of the value of infographics and data visualization in communicating a cause and spurring awareness. While the article focuses on charities, the messages and key points are applicable across organizational structures; social enterprises, mission-based businesses, co-operatives, and charities alike could all benefit from Wallace’s insights.

Wallace profiles a handful of charitable organizations and their use of infographics (a...

April 30, 2012

Making the Most of Demonstrating Value

“Don’t start with a tool and ask ‘what can I use it for?’.  Ask: ‘what do I want to accomplish?’, then match the right tool and strategy.” Chronicle of Philanthropy @philanthropy (Twitter, April 24)

The Demonstrating Value website offers an assortment of resources that can help you at various stages of your organization’s development. The Demonstrating Value tools and resources were developed to help social enterprises and community organizations build capacity around monitoring and evaluation, enhance their business planning and communicate their social impact. However, we’ve learned that sometimes groups really need to ask the question: when is the right time to embark on the process of developing a snapshot with the Demonstrating Value framework? 

Just as this quote from @Philanthropy says, it doesn’t make sense to pick up...

April 30, 2012

You’re reading our newsletter, you’ve likely spent some time on our website and blog…and now you may be wondering, “who are these Demonstrating Value folks?” Well, we’d like to tell you! In the spring issue of The Value Herald, we will introduce you to Garth Yule, Program Manager of Evaluation and Community Impact at the Vancity Community Foundation (VCF), whose duties include managing Demonstrating Value.

Let’s take a moment to update you on some staffing changes at Demonstrating Value. Bryn has taken a year of parental leave and her son is just over three months old now! For the rest of 2012, Garth Yule has taken on responsibility for the program. Garth moved to Vancouver from Ottawa in 1997 and has put down roots here. He was an intern with Bryn while he completed his MBA at UBC, and started working for VCF on a full-...

April 30, 2012

Fresh, organic produce, locally-grown herbs, farm-fresh culinary delights…what does all of this have to do with Demonstrating Value? A lot, in fact!

Beyond our regular work, Demonstrating Value also leads research and development projects to advance the state of measurement methods, tools and practice to better understand community impact. One such project currently underway is the Farmers’ Market Impact Toolkit Project. Take a look at a recent update from Garth Yule, Program Manager of Community Impact & Evaluation at Vancity Community Foundation to learn more about this exciting work.

Farmers’ Market Impact Toolkit Project

Critics of our modern industrial food system point out that if you ask urban dwellers where their food comes from, many will...

April 26, 2012

Following up from her webinar “You Say Impacts, I Say Outcomes”, Kylie Hutchinson (Community Solutions Planning and Evaluation) shared an Evaluation Terminology Mind-Map in a recent Community Solutions newsletter. We discussed Kylie’s webinar in a previous post, Navigating the vast ocean of evaluation terminology – but be sure to check out this mind-map as well. It is a great tool for visualizing the complexities in evaluation terminology and will help you understand some of the common themes that link evaluation terms. Take a look at this mind-map and our post about Kylie’s webinar to help make...

April 25, 2012

Demonstrating Value is crossing borders, with a recent feature on both and that includes excerpts from the Demonstrating Value Workbook.

Take a look at the article (click on the TechSoup links above) to read more about how Demonstrating Value assists nonprofits, social enterprises, and community investors to ask the right questions about their work, and to develop systems to track and communicate their value.

A big thanks to the folks a TechSoup for also sharing these additional resources that will help you demonstrate...

April 20, 2012

Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems are a mix of policies, processes and strategies used by organizations to manage contacts and track their interactions with their stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, volunteers, employees, funders, donors, clients and others. Keeping these contacts organized can be difficult (especially as organizations grow in size), so many seek to develop more formal systems for tracking this information using CRMs. Yet selecting and effectively using CRMs can be a challenge, especially for organizations with limited resources. There are many different options. Which one is the best for you?

Demonstrating Value has recently put together a guide that presents guidelines and tips for selecting and using CRM systems. The guide will help you make CRM decisions for your organization by sharing discussions about key decision factors and outlining a selection of CRM software options that could be of use to your organization. 


April 18, 2012

Our friends at enterprising non-profits have a round of social enterprise socials coming up on topics suggested by social enterprise practitioners. Each social will be interactive and you will have the opportunity to learn from your peers, and to share your thoughts and experiences – register now!

April 19, 2012 | HR & Change Management with KPMG

May 3, 2012 | Strategy Planning with Propellor Social Enterprise Advisors

May 17, 2012 | Risk Management with Propellor Social Enterprise Advisors...