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Impact Measurement

Establish a data-driven and evidence-informed culture that promotes results, learning and constant improvement

Introduction

How can we demonstrate our impact and identify ways to enhance it?

This coaching stream is still in development and we will be sharing more updates as it comes online.

Impact is a term that is often used quite loosely to imply any type of change or progress; however, it requires a more nuanced treatment related to the organization’s theory of change, not only in terms of proving that there were positive changes, but also improving over time. There are many definitions of impact, but it typically refers to the intended and unintended (positive or otherwise) changes (outputs and outcomes) that occur across the organization (within and/or across its programs) and with its stakeholders (e.g., users, clients and partners) over a period of time, short or long term, as a result of the organization’s activities.

Measurement not only seeks to understand what changes occur when, but also why and how. Most nonprofits are familiar with monitoring (tracking short-term outputs and outcomes) and evaluation (assessing longer-term outcomes and impact) approaches. Impact measurement also involves organizing and assessing the evidence base (what we know and what we want to learn) and getting feedback from clients and stakeholders.

In this way, 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.

Impact Measurement coaching support

Many nonprofits, charities and social enterprises are seeking to better understand how to describe the impact that they are having on the people, organizations and issues they encounter in their line of work. At the same time, there is greater pressure to demonstrate impact to funders, boards and other stakeholders. In practice, impact measurement remains challenging, with inconsistent definitions, fragmented approaches and methods, and numerous technical and capacity challenges.

Innoweave’s Impact Measurement coaching stream strengthens the impact measurement approaches and capacities of nonprofits and charities by clarifying key concepts, reviewing potential approaches and choices, and applying actionable implementation guidance. This work includes:

  • Introducing key concepts, issues and challenges in impact measurement
  • Providing an overview of various approaches and tools for implementing organizations
  • Highlighting selected themes to improve measurement practice, e.g., evidence and feedback
  • Reviewing actionable guidance and strategies that organizations can apply and adapt
  • Providing access to coaching support through Innoweave coaches

If you are interested in learning more, write to info@innoweave.ca to speak with a member of the development team.

The Innoweave self-assessment tool is designed to help you determine your organization's readiness and whether your initiative or program model is well suited for Impact Measurement.

Self-
assessment

This self-assessment is in development and will be available in the near future.

Impact Accelerator

We encourage all organizations to attend or view a pre-recorded Impact Accelerator before further exploring a coaching stream.

Upcoming Accelerators

Info Sessions & Workshops

    No upcoming events.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We might have more events in French. Or, contact the Innoweave team to discuss hosting a learning event for you and other organizations in your community.

Coaches

Innoweave offers coaching support to organizations that are well positioned to implement an Impact Measurement approach. You can connect with an Innoweave coach to help you explore and implement your initiative. Then apply to Innoweave for funds to support that coaching engagement.

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Apply for support

Your organization is eligible to apply for Innoweave coaching support if you have submitted an Expression of Interest and it has been approved.

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FAQ

These are our most frequently asked questions.

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How can I engage with this coaching stream?

This coaching stream is still in development and we will be sharing more updates as it comes online.

Does it cost money to participate?

Innoweave’s info-sessions are free. We also provide funding for organizations to access coaching support, but requirements and subsidy levels vary across coaching streams. Visit our funding page to learn more.

Do you support organizations outside Canada?

We do not support organizations outside Canada or whose primary activity takes place outside of Canada.