2015 Evaluating Community Impact registration now open

Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is an interactive, three-day workshop designed for leaders who want to discover how to capture, understand, and measure community outcomes and the impact of change initiatives on communities. This workshop will be co-led by me and my colleague, Mark Cabaj.

Please browse the event webpage to learn more about the workshop and how you can become a member of our learning community from from February 23-25 in Toronto, Ontario.

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic experience with evaluation but are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. As a participant of Evaluating Community Impact, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify the dynamics and patterns of community change;
  • Strengthen your understanding and appetite for evaluation; and
  • Explore a variety of evaluation approaches and tools appropriate for community change.

Special rates are available for teams registering three or more people. Register today to secure your spot at the 2015 Evaluating Community Impact Workshop! Registration will be limited to the first 150 people who sign up.

Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement Annual Report

The University of Victoria’s Annual from the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement is now available for viewing.

Using an innovative structure of community and University governance and collaboration, the Institute is a research centre providing space for the study and practice of engaged scholarship and inter-disciplinary innovation. Focused on engagement, the Institute harvests new knowledge, contributing to solutions of community issues, with a focus on sustainability, public policy development and improved theory and practice. Funded by both University and community partners, daily operations of the Institute are delivered by staff in association with research associates, community partners and student interns.

UVICCUE Annual Report

Food Webinars to come in December

The following list of national food events – webinars and teleconferences – are offered by a host of different organizations from across Canada.

What Meat to Eat

Hosted by: Healthy Food Action


Part of the Meat Matters Webinar Series: Meat, Livestock & Human Health. What we eat has rippling effects beyond our own health. For the first time, experts advising the USDA on the newest (2015) version of its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, are considering the sustainability of the American diet. That’s also on the agenda for Menus of Change, a joint effort of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America. Author, physician and nutrition expert, Walter Willett, MD, MPH, presents. Roni Neff, PhD, Director of the Food System Sustainability Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and editor of Introduction to the U.S. Food System, discusses sustainability and the Dietary Guidelines. Hugh Joseph, PhD of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will moderate.

Sign up here

New Strategic Campaign Planning Tool for Nonprofits and Grantmakers

Hosted by: CEGN and the Sustainability Network


During the hour-long session, Meaghan Calcari Campbell of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Panos Grames of David Suzuki Foundation, Andrew Dumbrille of WWF-Canada, Mark Shields and Allyson Boucher of Spitfire will walk nonprofits and grantmakers through Planning to Win, a free online tool that breaks down issue or advocacy campaign planning into six steps. The new tool, a revised version of the popular Just Enough Planning Guide, can help funders and their grantee partners more effectively use campaigns to advance their goals. In this special session for CEGN and the Sustainability Network members, Spitfire will highlight what questions funders and grantees should think through to ensure a campaign strategy is on track. Fellow funders and Canadian nonprofit leaders will also discuss some real-life examples of campaigns that used the Planning to Win model. Ample time for Q&A and discussion will be provided.

Sign up here

Good Food Box & Market Programs

Hosted by: Sustain Ontario


This webinar will be an opportunity to hear about various models of good food box and market programs, the community needs they are working to fill, and some of the best practices and common challenges from across the province. Join us for a free webinar to hear from the coordinators of Good Food Box and Market Programs across the province. This webinar is the second in a series of conversations around food access and policy within our network.

Sign up here