Shawn Bayes knew her organization was doing a great job. But she felt there was room for improvement.
“We felt Innoweave could assist us to step up our game,” says Bayes, Executive Director of Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support services to women, girls and children at risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the justice system.
“As a mature organization of 75 years, (Innoweave) gave us fresh eyes and helped us focus more clearly about who we are, what we do, and what the systemic changes that are needed to translate government legislation to humane regulation and policy that affects our clients,” she continues.
For the team at EFry, which participated in Innoweave’s Impact and Strategic Clarity module, and is now moving on to explore Cloud Computing and Collective Impact, one of the biggest benefits has been how the module helped them clearly connect their activities with outcomes, and to use data and evidence to inform decision making.
Says Bayes, “That change helps us speak to funders and donors about what our work is actually accomplishing.”
Another “Aha!” moment came when they realized they could communicate what they did more clearly with diagram than with text. “Clients like the change because our tools are now more visual for them and less word based,” says Bayes, explaining that literacy is sometimes an issue with the populations they serve.
Practical tools for social innovation
Innoweave’s promise to community organizations is “Practical Tools for Social Innovation”. This would be a hard promise to keep without the collaboration and support of of thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
In 2014, Innoweave will continue to grow partnerships and collaborations with its partners across sectors and also develop fresh tools to aid organizations in their everyday activities. But before looking forward to the next year, it’s worth taking a look back at the numbers from last year.