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Making Evaluation Work for Nonprofits: Our Theory of Change

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Apr 2016

Making Evaluation Work for Nonprofits: Our Theory of Change

If we are to make evaluation work for nonprofits, we need to rethink the system of evaluation. This means looking into the reasons why evaluation isn’t working as well as it should and figuring out how together we can make necessary improvements. As part of our early research, we spoke with a number of individuals to help us gain further insight into what is happening...

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Why our network needs access to our policy priorities

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Apr 2016

Why our network needs access to our policy priorities

Here at ONN, we’ve always tried to make sure we let our network know about the issues, policies and projects we are working on. Using our website, social media, annual conference and other engagement opportunities, we share lots of information a lot of the time. However, as we think back on our journey so far we recognize that there is no one place to easily...

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Move Over, Dilbert! Introducing The Evaluation Comic Series

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Mar 2016

Move Over, Dilbert! Introducing The Evaluation Comic Series

For years, no one asked us the question, ‘why doesn’t ONN do a comic series?’ Luckily, however, through our work to develop a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, someone finally did. The result is an ONN milestone: our first ever comic series!  The evaluation comic series** is inspired by one of the key themes in our conversations with the sector about nonprofit evaluation: when evaluation is undertaken primarily because it is...

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There’s an Art to It: Exploring Creative Evaluation

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Mar 2016

There’s an Art to It: Exploring Creative Evaluation

Using art in your evaluation process can help better engage your stakeholders, remove barriers and is a fun, useful process. Guest blogger Helen Yung explores creative approaches to evaluation. When it comes to evaluation, one size never fits all. And, if conventional approaches to evaluation strike you as uninspired, formulaic, or ill-suited for your program or community, there are more creative options to explore. Engaging an...

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Blind patrons among the audience enjoying audio described performance of Bethune at
Factory Theatre

10

Mar 2016

Raising the Curtain on Accessibility: Resources from the performing arts

Image: Blind patrons among the audience enjoying audio described performance of Bethune at Factory Theatre  Over the last year, ONN has been sharing accessibility resources from across Ontario through the EnAbling Nonprofits project. Sharing knowledge and putting accessible practices in place doesn’t just help us comply with accessibility laws, it strengthens our relationships with other nonprofits and our communities. In October, Rose and I joined the...

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Foundation House In The Making

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Jan 2016

Foundation House In The Making

Originally posted on The Lawson Foundation blog, 23 January 2016 After some 18 months of conversations, deliberations, validation of ideas and most importantly testing of our sanity, Foundation House has just opened its doors at the corner of St. Clair and Yonge Street (Toronto). Given the buzz and interest, and as one of three partners along with Bruce Lawson (The Counselling Foundation of Canada) and...

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CRA Winding Down Political Activities Audit Program For Charities

21

Jan 2016

CRA Winding Down Political Activities Audit Program For Charities

“The results of the political activities audit program have shown that the charities audited have been substantially compliant with the rules regarding their involvement in political activities. In light of these outcomes, the program will be concluded.” – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue The federal minister responsible for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that the program established to...

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Learning from the Literature: A First Step Toward Developing a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy

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Jan 2016

Learning from the Literature: A First Step Toward Developing a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy

We’ve been amazed by the number of people who are eager to talk evaluation with us. We think this interest arises in part because people understand that evaluation has huge potential to make a difference in the sector. Many of us see evaluation as a way to better explain the value of the work we do. At the same time, we know that people are...

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ONN Is Moving!

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Jan 2016

ONN Is Moving!

We’re Changing Homes – From CSI to Foundation House Since 2007, ONN has been lucky to call the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) home. CSI gave ONN our start as an incubated project to mobilize sector leaders around the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). ONN has since transformed to a 7,000-strong province-wide network, rallying cross-sector champions around 30+ policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector. ONN’s success...

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Data-ness

13

Jan 2016

Data-ness

Some years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness,” something that has the aura of truth because it just feels like the truth. When it comes to making a point, numbers have a special appeal, no doubt because they appear to offer objective neutrality. But the accumulation of numbers, the use of data, often merely approximates truth, offering “data-ness” as the numerical equivalence of truthiness....

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