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The Systems Change Evaluation Canvas: A Tool for Planning to Evaluate Systems Change

How will you evaluate efforts to create systems change? The right approach depends on your situation, the type of change, and many other constraints that are unique. As demand for systems change initiatives has increased, so has the need to evaluate this type of work, though this type of evaluation is still emerging. To respond to this need, over the past year we have been developing a planning tool for evaluating Systems Change efforts — a Systems Change Evaluation Canvas.

This webinar features Mark Cabaj and Galen MacLusky introducing the canvas, walking through important things to consider when planning systems change, and showing how the canvas can be applied to a real-world scenario. 

You can learn more about this tool, and evaluating systems change, at our upcoming event Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems Change in Ottawa, ON May 22-23.

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Power, Leadership, and Community Change: Common Ground or Crisis?

Community change work is more effective, empathetic, and genuine when local community members and people with lived experience are empowered in the process. The problem is that these groups are often excluded from the very process that is designed to serve their community.

This webinar features Paul Schmitz and Liz Weaver in a lively discussion about Power, Leadership and Community Change. By looking at examples of both successful and unsuccessful community change efforts, they examine the increasing need for influential champions (grass tops) and community stakeholders (grass roots) to work together to build communities which include all voices. 

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Rethinking Democracy: Strategies that Put Citizens at the Centre

The knowledge, skills and leadership of citizens is a rich resource that too often is untapped in community change efforts. And yet, time and again it has been shown that when the assets of residents and community – the context experts -- are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. 

This webinar features Max Hardy, a Citizen Engagement expert from Australia, and profiles some new thinking that reimagines our understanding of democracy in action and offers approaches that honour the wisdom and practicality of ordinary people.

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The End of Working Poverty: Strategies

In the first of a series of webinars on ending working poverty, Paul Born, Elizabeth Mulholland (Prosper Canada), Tom Cooper (Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction), and Jayne Paquin (PenFinancial Credit Union) highlighted strategies that each sector can undertake to help end working poverty.

The conversation explores the living wage, financial empowerment, and basic income as interlocking strategies that together can address the complexities working poverty. 

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Cultivating Local Collective Impact Capacity Through Place-Based Philanthropy

For the past five years, The Rider-Pool Foundation, a locally-based philanthropist in Allentown Pennsylvania, has been investing in a deliberate effort to build collective impact capacity amongst a diverse cross-section of their community’s leaders. This webinar features Ed Meehan and Ron Dendas, and profiles the early results of Rider-Pool’s Collective Impact Fellows Initiative.

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Keys to Success in Resident-Led Community Change

In this webinar, Jessie Sutherland touched on the key components to success in resident-led community change initiatives, including sustainability strategies. She also offered insights on how a belonging lens can transform our strategies, our relationships and our impact

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Evaluating Systems Change: A Results-Based Framework

Almost anyone who is interested in making progress on tough economic, social and environmental issues is committed to changing the system. Yet, many social innovators — and the evaluators that support them — struggle to describe what systems they want to change and what they mean by ‘results’. This webinar explores an archetypical results framework that can be used to inform the thinking of any effort to ‘change’ systems.

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