The Value Herald, Issue 13 Fall 2015



Welcome to the Fall 2015 Demonstrating Value Newsletter! 

The Value Herald newsletter shares engaging ideas, useful advice and informative resources that relate to measuring what matters and demonstrating value.   This issue focuses on the practical issues like making better use of the data you do collect and getting a leg up with templates. You'll also find our usual mix of what's interesting out there, practical tips and ideas.  If you like our newsletter, share it with a friend!


The Practical Corner

Get a Leg up with Templates  
Templates that can support data collection, analysis and reporting abound in many different formats and locations on websites that support community and business development, and as part of software tools out there. Here is a small sampling of the range of templates that are out there that could be directly relevant to what you do. Following one link will bring you to many many more. Read more 

Helpful Ratios to Balance Social Mission and Business
JustWork Economic Initiative is an inspiring organization in Vancouver that  operates three social enterprises that offer dignified, meaningful employment to people who face barriers to work in the traditional workforce.   Executive Director, David Holcomb, recently told me about three measures, which they find to be very helpful in managing the social enterprises.  Read more 


Issues & Ideas

In the Quest for Big Data, Don't Forget the Little Data! 

It easy to overlook the importance of using the ‘little data’ out there. These are the data that organizations collect, but which may not always be used to their potential.    Time spent summarizing, analyzing and using data is as important as collecting it. Get into the practice of communicating quality and not quantity, and invest in people and systems to get to the insights, and not just the data collection.  For these and other tips, Read more 

  Tools Out There

A New Farmers Market Toolkit is in the Piloting Stage in the U.S.  
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) in the United States has been embarking on an impact measurement project, which builds in many ways on our 2012 BC Farmers Market toolkit.  Bryn Sadownik has been serving as an advisor to their project, which they are conducing in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They recently finished the first year of their pilot, and it is really interesting to look at the similarities and differences in what they are doing and finding. Read more 

Upcoming Community Events

October 1 (London, Ontario)
Social Enterprise Walking Tour

The Business Help Centre is orchestrating this tour to visit and learn about local social enterprises. More info

October 13-15 (on-line)
Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference
Systems in Evaluation TIG is creating an informal virtual space for evaluation practitioners to connect and discuss practices and ideas.  
More info 

 October 19 - November 13 (on-line)
 Technology for Data Collection and Survey Design

TechChange offers an on-line certificate course to build skills and strategies to better visualize and analyze data using a variety of tech tools. More info

October 27-29 (Montreal)
Evaluating Community Impact

Tamarack Institute offers a three-day workshop to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices. More info
November 9-14 (Chicago)
American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

3000 people attend this evaluation extravaganza. So can you! More info
November 12-13 (Toronto)
Social Finance Forum 2015

MARS Centre for Impact Investing hosts workshops, plenary sessions and pitches.More info
November 20 (Vancouver)
Canadian Evaluation Society BC & Yukon Annual Conference

One day conference that focuses on the role of evaluation to support non-profit initatives in creating system-wide improvement and social change.More info

 Various dates (Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax)
The Essential Skills Series: Program Evaluation

This short course offered by local chapters of the Canadian Evaluation Society provides a basic understanding of the tools and practice of evaluation.
More info
Various dates (British Columbia)
Building Your Social Enterprise Workshop

Enterprising Non-Profits BC
Workshop geared to non-profit organizations to learn about the basics of social enterprise. More info

Various dates (mainly Ontario + some on-line)
Innoweave Workshop
Learn and apply various social innovation approaches including developmental evaluation, collective impact and social enterprise. More info


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