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Shared Measurement: Impact Map and Indicators

In a recent blog, I described some work that Vancity Community Foundation had led to develop a societal cost calculator for work integration social enterprises (WISE) in Vancouver.   Another aspect of the project, was to develop a shared impact map and indicators.  While individual social enterprises within Vancouver differ in the goods and services they produce and the way in which they engage individuals who are marginalized, they are

Get a Leg up with Templates

Templates that can support data collection, analysis and reporting abound in many different formats and locations on websites.  You can find these on sites that support community, small business and social enterprise developments, and as part of software tools like Google docs, Survey, Form Builder  and Database Tools. Here is a small sampling of the range of templates that are out there that could be directly relevant to what you do.

Calculator for the waning days of Vancouver's transit referendum

My vote is long since mailed in, but I am always on the look out for publications and  tools that take complex data about impact and relates it to my own personal decisions.  Here is a pretty amazing 'data journalism' project called Moving Forward, that explores the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.  Even if you do not live in his region, it is a pretty remarkable website with both excellent analysis and tools that can enable you to explore different facets of sustainable transportation.

The Value of Art and Culture (Part 3 of Connecting the Dots: Helpful Frameworks for Measuring Action and Impact)

Some of the most challenging impacts to define and measure relate to the value of arts and culture.  While it is quite common to see output numbers like attendance and participation rates for arts and culture-related initiatives, rarely do we see measures that relate to deeper impacts.

Is my Website Awesome or not?! A Review of BDC's Website Evaluation Tool

On a daily basis I receive a lot of spam mail about how I can make my website better and drive more people to it.  Thus I was a little skeptical when I came across BDC's Free Website Evaluation tool that promises to make it so you can “start improving your website today!”  At the same time, I do find it hard to understand how the Demonstrating Value website is performing, particularly as it relates to other websites out there, and I have some confidence that the tool's host, the BDC, is fairly reputable as a federal crown corporation. I always like the idea of free assessment tools.

Connecting the Dots: Helpful Frameworks for Measuring Action and Impact (Part 2: Quality of Life and Well-being)

Measuring quality of life is a HUGE area and is increasingly being done to understand the key outcomes of many programs, particularly in social services, health care, community development and education. This is great!  Interest in measuring quality of life gets to the core of what measurement should be about - measuring what matters - rather than sticking with what is easy and not particularly important.

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