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Knowledge Transfer, Data and Impact Measurement

by Dan McKillop, over 2 years ago
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How can the federal government and organizations better share and spread information about best practices and innovative approaches across Canada?  How do we better measure the social impact of innovative programs and service approaches?



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  • Lori Farley over 2 years ago
    Since I cannot identify myself, or my business, as a social enterprise on my tax return, census, or anywhere else, how can there be any way of knowing how much of the economy these businesses make up? Even trying to register my business as a social enterprise was act of futility. I'm sure there must be others nonplussed by this.
  • Paul Chamberlain over 2 years ago
    Effective knowledge sharing is best done by financially supporting local, regional, provincial and national intermediary organizations who do this work on the ground. This is particularly true for social enterprises.Given the diverse kinds of social enterprises and innovative programs, impact measurement requires consistent benchmarks and metrics but flexibility and a selection of approaches. Holistic and multidimensional approaches such as Sustainable Livelihoods need to be included.
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    • MikeToye over 2 years ago
      Yes, support for intermediaries to carry out these functions in a demand-led way is crucial. Québec's TIESS is a good example of a sector-led knowledge transfer centre that could be adapted and applied nationally. The Public Health Agency of Canada's six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health have a more academic orientation (which wouldn't be as appropriate for social innovation and social finance) but could be another model to look at as well.
  • unicefcanada over 2 years ago
    For UNICEF Canada, the ultimate impact of any social innovation is its impact on children and youth, and the measureable outcomes that describe their well-being and the equity among them. Our momentum is slowing in the decades-long march to improve these outcomes, and it's getting more difficult to close equity gaps. But there are some areas of measurable progress, and others that are invisible because we don't understand or track them. We need a more child-centred approach to data and to include kids in data development, collection, control and use. Data collaboratives may be a new way of organizing ourselves to help them. The time is ripe for social innovation in what data is, how it is gathered and how it is used!
  • Hedgehog almost 3 years ago
    Update StatCan's Satellite Account of Non-profit Institutions and Volunteeringhttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/13-015-x/13-015-x2009000-eng.pdf