Collective Impact Evaluation
Many of today’s complex social issues require coordinated efforts by a number of organizations to achieve common goals. Collective impact evaluations help networks to refine their goals, enhance communications and operations, and assess progress and outcomes. SRDC has worked with a variety of stakeholder networks. In so doing, we have developed considerable expertise applying a collective impact framework and supporting these groups to more effectively pursue their common goals.
Current and Completed Projects:
Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership: Research on Community Priorities
SRDC is engaged to support S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) to identify community priorities, measures of success, and strategies to support immigrant integration in the Tri-Cities. The research, guided by a collective impact framework, will help understand the relationships between different community stakeholders, leverage their strengths, and identify opportunities to improve collaboration, community development, and service coordination to better meet the needs of newcomers in the Tri-Cities. More specifically, the proposed research activities will gather the necessary information from diverse stakeholders to help strengthen conditions necessary for successful collective impact projects, and enhance the collaboration and increase the TCLIP’s capacity to use data and evidence to set actionable insights and achieve strategic goals. The research activities include a document and literature review, interviews with key stakeholders, a stakeholder survey, focus groups in multiple languages for newcomers, and facilitated workshops.
Start-end date: June 2020 - December 2020
Surrey Intercultural Seniors Social Inclusion Partnership Network – Phase 2
The SISSIP Network is a collective impact initiative funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. This community-based initiative is being implemented by six collaborating partners. Collectively, the Partners are committed to develop and implement culturally sensitive pilot initiatives to address social isolation issues in order to better integrate all seniors 55+ living in Surrey’s six town centres, one of Canada’s most diverse communities, with a particular focus on immigrant, seniors with disabilities, and Indigenous populations. More specifically, this collective impact strategy will address systemic barriers to social inclusion of vulnerable multicultural seniors. SRDC is conducting the evaluation of this initiative.
Start-end date: April 2020 - August 2024
Sponsor: Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society
Surrey Intercultural Seniors Social Inclusion Partnership Network
This Network is a collective impact initiative developed by the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) in collaboration with the City of Surrey’s Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee and its five collaboration partners. Collectively, the partners are committed to develop and implement culturally sensitive pilot initiatives to address social isolation issues in order to better integrate all seniors 55+ living in the Cities of Surrey and White Rock, with a particular focus on immigrant, seniors with disabilities, and Indigenous populations. As a first step in the process to better understand and address these issues, PICS is commissioning an environmental scan in order to obtain information for the needs assessment, and identify areas or gaps that are promising for developing new initiatives to address systemic barriers to social inclusion of vulnerable multicultural seniors 55+ across Surrey’s seven neighbourhoods in BC.
Start-end date: October 2019 - December 2019
Sponsor: Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society
Equity in Education Collective Impact Initiative
Together, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Center, Pathways to Education Ottawa, and stakeholders from across the city of Ottawa, have established a collective impact initiative to address the inequity in educational outcomes for youth living in low-income in the city. The long-term vision of the Equity in Education Collective Impact Initiative (EiE) is to engage stakeholders from all sectors to come together to provide tangible interventions that draw on the learnings of the Pathways to Education ProgramTM and other successful evidence-based models to inform policy and systems changes. SRDC will work with EiE to conduct a case study examining how EiE’s collective impact structure can inform student, parent, and community-level outcomes related to educational experience and attainment along the pathway to post-secondary enrolment; as well as how EiE-led initiatives influence the collective impact structure at the community level. This project is being funded by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).
Start-end date: June 2018 - April 2019
Sponsor: Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
Active outdoor play
This project was initiated in response to two main needs identified by the community: (1) counter organizations’ tendency to limit occasions for children to engage in self-directed outdoor play, and (2) encourage children to engage in self-directed play. Project activities first focus on developing resources to inform adults as to the benefits of self-directed outdoor play to optimize child development and encourage lifelong healthy habits. Second, project activities center on the development and piloting of a series of workshops whose goal is to enhance the capacity of educators in offering children, aged 3 to 12, with opportunities for learning through exploration, outdoor play and inquiry. The project takes place in four schools, involves more than 600 adults (administration, early childcare educators, teachers and parents) and more than 400 children. To successfully carry out the first phase of the project, SRDC has partnered with the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO) and the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO).
Aféseo notice (in French only)
Ontario Trillium Foundation award notice
CEPEO notice (in French only)
Project results (full report and summary) (in French only)
Start-end date: July 2016 - October 2017
Sponsor: Ontario Trillium Foundation
Evaluation of the Active Outdoor Play Strategy
'Active outdoor play' is unstructured and of varied intensity, takes place outdoors with natural materials, and involves an element of risk (e.g., due to the height, speed, context, or tools involved). A wide range of sectors and organizations has recently begun to promote active outdoor play as a means of correcting a perceived over-emphasis on safety/risk and injury prevention, as well as promoting healthy child development in the long term.
The aim of the Lawson Foundation’s Outdoor Play Strategy is to better understand how to support Canadian communities to foster children’s opportunities for outdoor play; in other words, how to create environments that enable – rather than hinder – such play. The Strategy is designed to support the development and implementation of a variety of creative ideas across sectors and a range of contexts, including community programs, services, and supports as well as policy and research initiatives. SRDC conducted an evaluation of the Strategy to develop understanding about how and why funded initiatives experience success, and to what degree. The evaluation includes information about both implementation and early impacts of the Outdoor Play Strategy, at three levels: individual projects/grantees; the collective cohort of grantees; and the broader landscape of stakeholders involved in outdoor play. In addition to examining multiple levels of operation and impact, the project takes a developmental evaluation approach – one that is flexible, future-oriented, and focused more on learning and performance improvement than on narrow definitions of merit and accountability.
Start-end date: November 2015 - April 2019
Sponsor: Lawson Foundation
An Evaluation of the BRIDGES Incubator Model
The BRIDGES Collaborative identifies, develops, and tests models of integrated healthcare for patients with complex chronic conditions, with the aim of reducing avoidable hospital visits and improving quality of care. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, BRIDGES is run by the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. SRDC conducted an evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the BRIDGES model, and its potential impact on the health care system.
Start-end date: January 2014 - January 2015
Sponsor: University of Toronto
Evaluation of the Green Shield Canada Foundation Health Innovation Collaborative
The looming demographic “tsunami” of aging seniors will require a fundamental transformation of the health care system. The Health Innovation Collaborative (HIC) consists of five innovative health care organizations in Toronto working to improve care for seniors with complex medical needs through reinvented processes, shared knowledge, and technology. In collaboration with the Green Shield Canada Foundation and partner organizations, SRDC evaluated the effectiveness of the HIC and its potential impact on the quality of care and access to services and information. SRDC’s evaluation emphasizes systems thinking and the conditions for achieving collective impact in terms of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Start-end date: September 2013 - September 2015
Sponsor: Green Shield Canada Foundation