Archive for 2015

Youth CI: Reducing Cyber Violence in Toronto

Fall continues to be a busy and exciting time for Youth CI, a partnership between Laidlaw Foundation, Innoweave and the Government of Ontario. There are 12 workshops running across Ontario throughout October and November. One year after launching Youth CI, the first Cohort of collaboratives is gearing up for Workshop 2, which will see groups of organizations further develop and validate their Theories of Change, dig into shared measurement strategies, and build an action plan to guide their Collective Impact initiatives as they move into the launch phase in the new year.

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Reducing Cyber Violence in Toronto
Cyber Self Defense, a Toronto-based collaborative working to reduce cyber violence against young women, has made tremendous progress developing a collective strategy supported by Youth CI. After attending an information session last November, the collaborative participated in Workshop 1 in February and received Development Coaching to help them gain clarity and refine their project.

One year later, the group has a clear and measurable impact statement, grounded in evidence from a needs assessment conducted over the past year. St. Stephen’s has also developed their first draft of their Theory of Change, using harm reduction and prevention strategies that link directly with their population-level outcome. In workshop 2, they will identify which areas of their Theory of Change to pressure test, and will begin planning out their measurement and resourcing strategies.

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Building New Collaboratives Across Ontario
24 new collaboratives participated in Workshop 1 events this Fall in Hamilton, Ottawa, Waterloo, Toronto, Durham Region and Sault Ste. Marie. These sessions helped new collaboratives clarify their outcomes,while offering the opportunity for valuable networking within their region to help strengthen and grow these collaboratives.

Over the coming months, many of these groups will be refining their plans and applying to access Development Coaching. Stay tuned for future updates on the impressive range of collectives moving forward with Youth CI!

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Through Youth CI, Innoweave has learned a great deal and seen terrific progress about how Collective Impact is helping these unique groups develop actionable, measurable strategies for youth outcomes, across Ontario. We’re looking forward to seeing how they continue to grow and develop with ongoing workshops, coaching support and grants from Youth CI.

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Meet Our Newest Impact and Strategic Clarity Alumni!

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On September 23rd and 24th, Innoweave organized Celebrations in Ottawa and Montreal to recognize the significant achievements of recent Innoweave Impact & Strategic Clarity (ISC) module graduates. Hosted by United Way Ottawa and Santropol Roulant, 10 organizations presented their journey through Innoweave’s Impact & Strategic Clarity process.

As we have heard time and again, success for a nonprofit begins with a clear and measurable intended impact. Since November 2012, over 90 Canadian community sector organizations have completed the 5-month process to help them understand the impact they’re having, and the opportunities to take that impact to the next level. Through the ISC module, Certified Impact Coaches help organizations develop a comprehensive response to a simple question:“What impact does our organization want to have in our community over the next 3-5 years”?

As you’ll see below, each organization came away from the 5-month coaching process with some clear aha moments and a greater sense of how they can be the change they want to see in the world. Read on to hear about how these organizations are having an impact.



UWCs Deepen Work with Innoweave: How you can partner to bring value to your community!

In Canada’s community sector, business as usual isn’t enough to deliver the results we need. That’s why Innoweave is working closely with United Way Centraides and their member agencies to help the movement deliver lasting impacts in communities across Canada.

Innoweave is a national, multi-funder initiative launched in 2012 by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation that helps community organizations clarify their impact, align their activities to outcomes, and focus on continuously growing and improving. Innoweave’s relationship has grown with many United Way Centraides over this time.  By working together we have helped  hundreds of member agencies in the UWC network begin to innovate and enhance their ability to achieve concrete community results.

Innoweave provides the community with value-added, cost effective tools for innovation. Opportunities to engage with coaches, ability to support learning and access to grants all elevate the Innoweave experience making them a great partner to work with.

– Talia Bell, Manager of Evaluation and Operations, United Way Calgary