Innoweave is excited to be undertaking some new initiatives in 2019 to keep our platform as responsive as possible to organizations across Canada.
This month, we are proud to announce that we are currently developing two new social innovation modules: Impact Measurement and Data Utilization. The design of each module is being led by McConnell Foundation Senior Fellows, Karim Harji and Jason Pearman. We’re very pleased to introduce these two fellows to our Innoweave community, and have them share a bit about the work they have planned over the next few months.
As we get closer to the next deadline for applications to Innoweave Implementation Funding on February 1st, we want to share some tips for organizations planning to submit an application. We look for a few key elements in the applications submitted, and the more your application can clearly show these characteristics, the stronger your application will be.
Innoweave recently realized that some of our systems may not be contributing to a healthy evaluation environment for our grantees, and we’d like to make some adaptations to address this.
While taking part in a workshop led by InWithForward, we explored the role ethnographic evaluation tools can play in helping community sector organizations learn from their clients and improve the impact of their services. InWithForward is a leading national expert and practitioner in this field. Content was shared that outlined how this highly beneficial technique is often overlooked or not prioritized over the more traditional forms of evaluation that organizations feel their funders want (whether the funders realize this or not).
When it comes to driving impact, outcomes, learning, and improvements in the community sector, it has become increasingly clear that funders have a critical role to play. But many actors in the funding environment—both grantmakers and grantees alike—have created systems that may inadvertently entrench stagnation and repetition over innovation and growth.
Given that many of the evaluation efforts taking place in the community sector are driven by the needs of funders, as grantmakers, we have a huge opportunity to shift how our grantees evaluate the work we support. Indeed, many funders and community sector organizations are already leading the way and doing this with great success.