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Inactive Coaching Streams

Innoweave is responsive to its ecosystem's needs, which results in the phasing-in and -out of coaching streams over time. Below is an archive of coaching streams Innoweave is no longer funding at this time.

Data Utilization

Increase data maturity and improve processes

The community sector is becoming more data-centric. While many organizations in this space actively collect data and use it for reporting purposes, not all find themselves able to use their data to inform their work or maximize their impact.

The Data Utilization coaching stream was designed to build organizational data maturity by bringing organizations through a progressive learning journey. The purpose of this support was to help organizations increase their capacity to use data more thoughtfully to:

  • Prove – validate current understanding
  • Learn – deepen understanding of target audience, needs and impacts
  • Improve – support decision making to optimize resource allocation
  • Innovate – test and experiment with new ideas, programs and interventions.
Network of partners

Technical experts from across the sector have supported the development and delivery of this initiative, including:

Take Note!

Data Utilization is part of the Impact Measurement toolkit, a coaching stream Innoweave is currently funding. Find out more by visiting the Impact Measurement coaching stream page.

Impact Measurement

Explore and Experiment

Understand, design and prototype potential solutions to complex societal issues

The purpose of Innoweave’s Explore and Experiment stream was to clarify what the experimentation process enables the organization to do and the related conditions for success, in particular for nonprofits and charitable organizations seeking to put these approaches into practice.

The following topics were broached in a series of workshops that shed light on key concepts and enabled participants to see how well an approach was suited to an organization’s needs and its capacity to use:

  • Different types of experimentation labs
  • A systemic approach and a complex or “wicked” problem
  • User research and user centered design
  • Prototyping and fast iterations
  • The need or lack thereof for a consensus
Living Guide to Social Innovation Labs

Innoweave partnered with MaRS Solutions Lab to create the Living Guide to Social Innovation LabsIt’s a living compilation of social innovation tools, templates and guidance to help social innovation practitioners tackle the intractable problems of our time. It’s intended for anyone looking for a fresh set of social innovation tools, with a focus on the lab approach, as one of many ways to address complex problems.

Support in Your Communities

Social innovation labs and ‘living labs’ approaches are increasingly popular in Canada. We encourage you to look up practitioners in your community; networks or organisations that could support your experimentation process. Some examples include:




British Columbia

Leading Through Crisis

Mentorship, resources, and wayfinding for leaders during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, Innoweave rapidly deployed a network to provide support to organizational leaders. This stream was led by Kimberley Nemrava and offered online mentoring sessions to connect leaders with executives who have experience in disasters and other relevant fields. These were designed as short sessions for guidance, support and active listening opportunities. The stream also offered webinars and curated resources, some of which are listed below.

Relevant Resources:

Social Finance

Get ready to use repayable capital to enhance your impact

Social finance enables organizations to access new money to enhance their impact. Social finance is repayable investment that supports positive social, environmental, and/or cultural impact. Organizations can complement grants, donations, contracts and other forms of earned income with repayable social finance like loans and equity investments. These investments are used by organizations to carry out activities that advance their mission and to generate savings or income that they can use to repay investors.

  • In determining whether and how to use social finance, organizations should consider: What the money is needed for, and how the money would be used; How the money will be paid back at a later date; How the financing opportunity aligns with their mission, values, and capacity.
  • The Innoweave Social Finance stream helped organizations: Generate ideas on how they can use social finance; Clarify an idea that is mission-aligned, impactful, and feasible; Learn about the steps required to use social finance in their work, and identify areas of investment-readiness support they would need in order to pursue social finance investment.
Example of an organization using social finance:

Jasper Place Wellness Centre (JPWC) offers essential community services, operates a housing complex for individuals that have experienced homelessness, and runs a medical clinic where community members previously lacking access to a family doctor can access care. JPWC launched a junk removal social enterprise to hire underemployed community members and was successfully contracted by the City of Edmonton to recycle and keep all mattresses from the city landfill. JPWC partnered with and obtained a loan from Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) to purchase equipment to process reclaimed materials from old mattresses. JPWC uses the revenues earned from selling reclaimed steel, compacted foam, and wood chips to pay over $1 million in wages to underemployed community members as well as repay the loan from SEF.

Useful Resources

Learn about social finance opportunities and assess your needs as we demystify what investors look for:

Generate ideas on how your organization can use social finance to enhance your impact: