Monthly Archives: March 2015

Strengthening Community through Social Impact Studies

The term “social impact” is relatively new (1980’s), but the concept is certainly as old as human community: what we do affects others and ultimately affects our community, small or large. The ultimate direction of our community is therefore based on the accumulation of small actions as much as larger ones. Clearly, those impacts can be […]
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Seeing Programs as Eco-Systems

I recently viewed a slide deck called “Evaluating Social Innovation” that Mark Cabaj presented at a Family Service Canada Executive Director Summit, and I saw further evidence that ecological paradigms provide a far more dynamic framework for program evaluation than the more linear, old-style manufacturing images that underly, for example, the Logic Model. Keeping in mind ecological paradigms instead of purely “logical” […]
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