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Evaluating Impact

evaluating impact

Evaluating impact is an essential skill in community change. It's necessary for understanding what works, what doesn't and for learning together to understand what needs to happen next.

We are deeply convinced that local and collaborative approaches are a crucial lever in solving complex social issues. Evidence is an important building block in constructing a strong foundation for community change, as it can contribute to strengthening participation, commitment and capacity.  

With the right questions and the right set of evaluation principles, values, and tools, communities can make impressive progress on the challenges they are facing. 

Participatory Eval

Online Course

foundations of participatory evaluation

This online course is designed to build a foundation of knowledge and practice for a participatory evaluation, and is available to use at your own pace. Learn alongside a diverse group of Tamarack Institute members and engage in the online platform.

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Evaluation Literacy

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Strengthening Evaluation Literacy

Over time reframing evaluation in our work to be more participatory and collaborative leads to higher levels of learning, strengthened community relations, and greater transparency.

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Mobilizing our experience, passion, and curiosity to promote evaluation as a tool for action, impact and engagement in communities, we accompany individuals and groups in their learning processes.

 

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Developing Evaluations That Are Used

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Evaluating Collective Impact: Five Simple Rules

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Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, the How Continues to Develop

Community-Engaged Evaluation Paper (1)

Assessing Readiness for Community-Engaged Evaluation

Collective Impact Compendium 5 - Evaluation

Collective Impact & Shared Measurement

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Developing an Evaluation User Profile

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evaluating impact at tamarack

Over the last twenty years, people interested in building strong communities have been making important shifts. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create community-wide strategies yielding big changes as opposed to hoping that the efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts. This new approach to community change requires a different way to evaluate. 

 

Evaluation

Current Themes Being Explored: 
 

  • Getting to practice and keeping it simple
  • Supporting communities in their evaluation processes
  • Participatory approaches in virtual mode
  • Equity lens on evaluation and learning practice
  • Transformation evaluation
  • Future thinking
  • System mapping
  • Communicating impact (impact reports and communication strategies)

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ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
ARTICLE | Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
Collaborative Leadership and Governance Article Series
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
Our Rebrand and Website Launch
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
Empowering youth through free transit
Empowering youth through free transit
 Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Harnessing the power of networking: The case of the National Table of Community Development Corporations
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
Shannons Story Blog (1)
from Stable to unstable: Shannon’s Story of deepening poverty
From Apathy to Action How Deep Canvassing Ignites Climate Engagement
from apathy to action: how deep canvassing ignites Climate Engagement
The Impact of the Words We Use
The Impact of the Words We Use
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
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Freedom Is a Must: Moving Beyond Black History Month
Excerpt from the mural titled “Better for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality” by the Youth of CBYF and guided by Bruno Hernani. 
Tamarack’s Actions in 2022 Around National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Participate in our EDIJR journey with us!
Participate in our EDIJR journey with us!
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At Tamarack, we are experimenting with new ways of measuring change, exploring who is responsible for outcomes, developing methods that can keep up with the fast-moving pace of community change activities, using alternative approaches for getting changemakers involved in the actual assessment process, and using the results to drive new thinking, better strategies and deeper impact. 

 

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We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.

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