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Alison Homer

Alison Homer
Alison is thrilled to be joining the Tamarack team as Manager, Learning, Evaluation and Policy. She has been involved with Vibrant Communities as a member since 2012, through her previous role as Director of Vibrant Abbotsford.

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Towards a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Posted by Alison Homer on June 8, 2017

Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Canada (VCC) is contributing to the Government of Canada’s large-scale public engagement process towards a federal Canadian poverty reduction strategy.  Through a partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), VCC supported 27 Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) members to host 31 consultations across 9 provinces and territories, representing over 600 participants. ESDC will be collating feedback from these consultations into a What We Heard report that will be presented to the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

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Six tips for conducting meaningful evaluation in rural and remote communities

Posted by Alison Homer on September 22, 2016

In planning for the Evaluating Community Impact Community of Practice (Eval CoP), members participated in two summer working group sessions to highlight challenges they faced in their poverty-related evaluation work, and brainstormed topics, content and speakers that could address them. One area that members were greatly interested in learning more about was ‘How to conduct meaningful evaluation in rural settings’.

In response, we invited Dr. Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, to join our September call to share her experiences working on two studies: 'Housing First in Rural Canada' and 'Rural Alberta Homelessness', as well as to share her top tips to more effectively conduct evaluations in rural and remote communities.

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Evaluations that Work: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Alison Homer on July 7, 2016
On June 22nd, Vibrant Communities Canada and the Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted a webinar ' Evaluations That Work: What the Non-Profit Sector Can Learn from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Vibrant Communities'. The webinar unpacked real-life stories from three Vibrant Communities panelists, who showcased times where evaluation worked really well for them, and highlighted factors which contributed to their success. A successful evaluation was defined as one that led to insight and action.
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Capitalizing on non-technical factors to improve the success of evaluations

Posted by Alison Homer on June 3, 2016

While non-profit organizations sometimes struggle with technical aspects of evaluation, their strengths often lie in non-technical areas, such as relationship building and communication.

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