Impact Measurement: Organizations Leading the Coaching Pilot

July 2, 2020

Helping organizations demonstrate impact and identify ways to enhance it

Innoweave’s coaching supports are continuously evolving to meet the needs of community sector organizations across Canada.

Impact Measurement is one of the new coaching streams we are developing with input from experts and community sector leaders. Impact Measurement is not just about proving impact, but also about improving impact through nurturing a data-driven and evidence-informed culture that promotes results, learning and constant improvement.

We have been fortunate to have Karim Harji on board to develop materials which several organizations are going to test with coaches for the next several months. These organizations were selected to provide a broad cross-section of focus areas, locations, languages and structure.

Participating Organizations

NDG Seniors Citizens’ Council: NDG Seniors Citizens’ Council works to improve quality of life for lower income older residents in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area of Montreal. They recently completed the Impact and Strategic Clarity process and will be building on their theory of change through the pilot.

United Way Halton & Hamilton: United Way Halton & Hamilton is launching a Social Innovation Labs initiative, which convenes diverse stakeholders in a collaborative process to design innovative solutions to complex issues in the community. Coaching will help improve the evaluation framework so that all impacts are being measured and considered.

Right To Play: Right To Play is a global organization using the transformative power of play to protect, educate and empower children and youth facing adversity. Their coaching will focus on the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada to co-develop child and youth programs that are accessible, inclusive and free for all participants.

Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba: Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba recently completed a theory of change focused on improving integration of newcomers into the Franco-Manitoban community. Coaching will help them improve measurement practices as they implement that work over 2020.

Youth Without Shelter: Based in Etobicoke, Ontario, Youth Without Shelter is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth. They completed a theory of change in January 2019 and will be using it as a basis for coaching as they seek to measure the lasting change they are creating for those they serve.


This pilot will be facilitated by several coaches, who will be testing materials and iterating them for broader use. These coaches are:

Next Steps: General Intake in Fall 2020

Later this year, we will be opening up this coaching stream to a broader intake of prospective organizations. Some of what we will be doing in advance includes:

  • Growing the coaching network: We will be communicating with coaches that expressed an interest in this stream through our coach intake process.
  • Releasing a self-assessment tool on
  • Preparing for expressions of interest for our December 2020 round.

Keep an eye on the Innoweave newsletter for more updates as this coaching stream evolves.