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Ending Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Public Health Perspective

Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David C. Williams highlights the growing evidence that loneliness and social isolation have negative impacts on our health and wellbeing. He also recognizes the need to understand how community structures have shifted over time and why some Ontarians may do not have a stronger sense of belonging.

In this webinar, Dr. Williams discussed his report Connected Communities: Healthier Together. Dr. Williams answered questions about the purpose of these reports, as well as the reason for the community focus and the call for investment in community. He talked about the value of community, being connected to community, and the lack of data surrounding social isolation and loneliness.

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Applying Principles-Focused Evaluation

Many social innovators and leading edge evaluators are embracing the ideas and practice of Principles-Focused Evaluation (PFE), an approach to assessment that aims to assist would-be change-makers who are guided by principles and values as much as logic models and theories of change.

In this webinar, Mark Cabaj will catch up with Michael Quinn Patton, the pioneer of PFE to review the fundamentals of the approach and how he has seen it applied since he published his ground-breaking work in 2017.

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The Financial Empowerment Ecosystem Model

Canadians tell us that their personal finances are the primary cause of stress in their lives. Volatile incomes, fewer workplace benefits, and increasingly complex financial products and choices mean many people in Canada are struggling to achieve financial stability today, let alone financial security for their future.

Marlene Chiarotto, Director of Program Delivery and Integration with Prosper Canada, will discuss the Financial Empowerment ecosystem model, how it is being used to boost poverty reduction efforts in cities and communities, and help you think through the possibilities for your own community.

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Bridging the Gap: Repairing Relationships for Stronger Community Change

Most of us recognize the need for and importance of engaging the communities we serve. Working to uphold the slogan, “nothing about us without us”, we might try to engage communities as much as possible. But engagement is a two-way street, and people who work in institutions and organizations sometimes find that the communities they hope to engage are hesitant or even resistant to engage. With that in mind, what might those of us who work in institutions and organizations do?

Through this webinar Lisa Attygalle and Liz Weaver will explore our thoughts on this issue, drawing upon our experiences in supporting community engagement across North America.

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Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty: A Collective Impact Approach

In just two years, 24 813 Iowans have become financially self-sufficient in a growing community where 1 in 4 households struggle to afford basic necessities. With a goal to reduce poverty for 75% of the population by 2020, OpportUNITY in Central Iowa is already well into its impact journey.

In this webinar, Seth Johnson and Dr Helene Fein discuss their data-based approach to poverty reduction and barrier elimination. This first instalment of a three-part series titled "Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty," featured a collective impact approach and highlighted achievements in poverty reduction through small actions

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Overcoming Power and Privilege in Community Change

As a community changemaker, have you ever stopped to wonder where the power lies in your project? What are you trying to achieve, and for whom? How does your place of power (as a creator and an individual) hinder your ability to relate to those you are trying to help? We often use power unknowingly in the work of change. But, when we recognize the influence of our training, politics, access, and privilege we allow ourselves to understand our clients, communities, and abilities more deeply.

During this intimate conversation, George Aye of Greater Good Studio will help us understand the mechanics of power and how to wield it with care as we move forward in our community change efforts.

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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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