Tag: strategy


The big unveil: A strategic plan to strengthen the Ontario nonprofit sector

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Apr 2017

The big unveil: A strategic plan to strengthen the Ontario nonprofit sector

This year, ONN celebrates the 10 year anniversary of our grassroots beginning. With a research fellow, the indomitable Lynn Eakin, a visionary steering committee, an inspiring place to call home at the Centre for Social Innovation, and a founding issue (the good ol’ Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporation Act or “ONCA”), we had set the stage for a new way of organizing: a networked approach to public...

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Championing Decent Work

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Jun 2016

Championing Decent Work

Decent Work, as championed by ONN and a growing number of its members, provides us with a rallying cry to push back against the fraying of our labour market. In committing to and pursuing decent work, individual nonprofits can make important contributions to countering malpractices of work in our society. This is our opportunity to walk the talk and ensure that the passionate mission-focused objectives...

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Whaddaya mean, “evaluation?” — Mismatched expectations in nonprofit measurement

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May 2016

Whaddaya mean, “evaluation?” — Mismatched expectations in nonprofit measurement

In Ontario’s nonprofit sector, evaluation is a word that gets used a lot. Different kinds of data gathering approaches with different purposes sometimes get lumped together under the general heading of evaluation. This can lead to miscommunication and unrealistic expectations. To try to clear things up a bit, we have created this resource (Editor’s note: We’ve updated this resource. Click here to see Version 2.0). For...

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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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Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

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Dec 2015

Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

As part of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s efforts to develop the Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we have been collecting feedback from people on some of the issues of concern to them and what a strategy could do to help make evaluation more useful for the sector. This blog post is the first in a series that we will share with you related to a specific...

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Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

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Dec 2015

Participating in Government Consultations – The Canadian Dance Assembly Recaps Ontario’s Culture Strategy

As an arts advocate and policy wonk, I love a good townhall. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), along with much of the arts and cultural sector, is eager to contribute to policies and practices that create systemic change. Not only is there a possibility for Ontario’s cultural activities to flourish, but for arts and culture to connect across sectors and communities. This fall, the Ministry...

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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

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Dec 2015

Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

The following is an excerpt from ONN’s newly-released report, Leadership In Changing Times The vast majority of charities and nonprofit organizations operate locally and are rooted in their communities. Each plays a small part, but together they make Canada a vibrant place to live, work and play. We take it for granted that local citizens, on seeing a need—whether for a local swim club, a...

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We Need to Talk About Decent Work

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Nov 2015

We Need to Talk About Decent Work

A few weeks ago, as part of a crowd of about 500 nonprofit workers, we listened as we were urged, “Remember, we are employers and job creators and have a responsibility to provide decent work.” We began sharing an idea that we hope will inspire and ignite the sector – the idea of decent work. Over the past 11 months at ONN, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres...

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Big Ideas That Inform Our Work

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Oct 2015

Big Ideas That Inform Our Work

The following is an excerpt from Cathy Taylor’s opening remarks at the ONN’s 2015 annual conference. Be bold, the Premier said. Although I am quite sure most of us don’t need a push to be bold – it is a good reminder that we owe it to our organizations, our sector, our communities to strive to be bold – even when it seems like we’re...

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Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

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Sep 2015

Simple tips for communicating about impact – Part 2

Nonprofits in Ontario are often asked about the technical details of their evaluation work — things like survey response rates, or the amount of measurable change. As we work toward a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we’ve noticed that there aren’t as many opportunities to talk in-depth about why we do evaluation, and what we hope to learn. In Part 1 of this blog, we offered...

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