Net Impact Live Case Study – Megaphone Magazine

March 30, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
W2 Media Cafe @ Woodward’s Building
111 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC
Cost: $20
Register here

On April 11, Net Impact Vancouver is excited to continue its Live Case Study events. What is a Live Case Study, you may ask? Live Case Studies are an opportunity for business professionals and students to contribute directly to a local social enterprise or non-profit. For this event, Megaphone Magazine‘s Executive Director, Sean Condon, will present their business challenge as a social enterprise:

“How can Megaphone increase awareness and sales of the magazine to provide increased and better opportunities for its vendors?” Read the rest of this entry »


Navigating the vast ocean of evaluation terminology

March 16, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to participate in an insightful webinar facilitated by Kylie Hutchinson at Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. This webinar, entitled “You Say Impacts, I Say Outcomes” was all about clarifying the confusion in evaluation terminology. For anyone new to the evaluation field (and even to seasoned evaluation experts), the myriad of interchangeable terms can often lead to miscommunication or even frustration due to the inconsistency and lack of one official “evaluation dictionary”. While there is no immediate solution to solving evaluation term inconsistency, we can help ourselves and those we work with by broadening our understanding of the common themes that link these terms, which will allow us to more comfortably interpret and use this wide vocabulary to its greatest potential.

For me, one of Kylie’s lasting messages was the importance of understanding the foundation of evaluation theory to develop a stronger grasp on the assortment of terms that flood the evaluation field. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Webinar: You Say Impacts, I Say Outcomes

February 28, 2012

Clarifying the Confusion in Evaluation Terminology

March 7, 2012  10:00 – 11:00 am (PST)

Our friends at Community Solutions Evaluation & Planning are putting together a professional development webinar geared toward newcomers in the evaluation field. Join in on this conversation to learn more about the terminology used in evaluation and how you can make sense of overlapping definitions and inconsistencies.

Learn more and register

Calling all social entrepreneurs!

February 23, 2012

Join us at “Know it & Show it”, a learning event co-hosted by Vancity Community Foundation and SAP

On the evening of Thursday March 15th, 2012 you have the opportunity to learn how the Demonstrating Value  framework can help you show the value of your work to the community. “Know It and Show It” is the first in a series of social learning events for social entrepreneurs.

Are you a social entrepreneur, business consultant, or evaluation consultant? Do you want to connect with others and talk about using the Demonstrating Value framework for effective evaluation and communication of social impact? Join us on March 15th!

Learn more and register for Know it & Show it


Demonstrating Value featured as seToolbelt Resource of the Week!

February 6, 2012 is an open content resource hub that is committed to making free tools accessible to social entrepreneurs to help them plan, start, manage, and grow successful social enterprises. In this week’s seToolbelt Resource of the Week, Demonstrating Value is profiled. Take a look at this post to learn more about some key impact measurement tools developed by the Demonstrating Value initiative, including a Performance Snapshot webinar, the Organizational Sustainability Assessment Tool, and “Why You Matter”, a tool for mapping your social, environmental, and cultural impact.

The seToolbelt Resource of the Week is featured on Social Earth, a comprehensive news and information site for social entrepreneurs.

Check out the latest issue of The Value Herald!

February 2, 2012

In the Fall of 2011, Demonstrating Value launched its e-newsletter, The Value Herald. With this newsletter, Demonstrating Value shares quarterly updates on useful tips and tricks, inspiring ideas, and informative resources with you and your organization.

To read the latest Winter 2012 issue (and past issues), visit the newsletter archives.

NOWBC: Showing Impact with Narrative

January 31, 2012

NOWBC, a co-op formed in 2008, runs an online farmers’ market and delivery depot ‘clubs’ with a focus on seasonal, local, organic foods sourced directly from small farms and processors as well as local independent wholesalers. The dedicated volunteers and staff at NOWBC believe in the importance of knowing your local farmer and preserving sustainable farming knowledge and farmland. With a mission to build a sustainable local food system by connecting local farms and processors with consumers and building community around sustainable food choices, NOWBC is all about growing and sharing good food.

In their December 2011 e-newsletter, NOWBC shared a story that came to them via Discovery Organics, a supplier held in high regard by NOWBC. In this story, Discover Organics describes to NOWBC customers the community impact of their fair trade purchases. This story is simple, yet effective, and serves as a great example of using narrative for showing impact. Read the rest of this entry »

An Alternative Model of Change: The Future Can Be Different and Better

January 26, 2012

Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

In early 2011, John Kania and Mark Kramer published an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled “Collective Impact”. This article received rave reviews. As the concept of collective impact percolated in the minds of readers, the authors were faced with an outpouring of responses and interest. In short, people liked this approach to collaboration and its ability to significantly address widespread social problems. When it came to social progress, collective impact seemed to emerge as the answer.

Kania and Kramer recently collaborated with Fay Hanleybrown to publish a follow-up article: Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work. The goal of this article is to provide more depth and guidance on how to put the collective impact principles into practice and emphasizes the increased relevance of the concept given the economic and social realities of today. The article builds on the point that collective impact is not just an elegant name for collaboration; rather, it is “…a fundamentally different, more disciplined, and higher performing approach to achieving large-scale social impact.” Another interesting revelation emerges in the article, highlighting that “[e]ven the attempt to use these ideas seems to stimulate renewed energy and optimism”. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Program Sustainability and How Can You Achieve It?

January 24, 2012

Webinar presented by Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation (Facilitator: Kylie Hutchinson)

January 31st and February 7th, 2012 (10:00 – 11:30 AM)

Are you concerned about the future sustainability of your programs and services? This three-hour webinar (conveniently split into two 90 minute segments one-week apart) will delve into the issue, as you learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and how to develop a formal sustainability plan. 

Registration: $75 plus HST Register here

Interested in this topic but unable to participate in the webinar? Visit the Community Solutions website for an assortment of resources, including 34 Factors Promoting the Sustainability of Programs.

Tools for enhancing online storytelling: Making the most of your tale

January 12, 2012

Have you ever found yourself wanting to tell your organization’s story “digitally”, but unsure how or even where to start? In this day of rapid technological changes and advances, we are fortunate to have a variety of useful tools at our fingertips that make online storytelling a simple – and fun – process. The folks at, the non-profit marketing blog produced by care2, have put together a list  of tools for nonprofits in their post 4 Tools to Help Any Nonprofit Tell Stories Online. Read the rest of this entry »