Tips, tools, and telling the story

Understanding and reporting on the collective impact of Community Food Centres across Canada is key to our evaluation strategy. To that end, we have developed an evaluation framework that will allow us to measure and demonstrate impacts in areas such as health, social inclusion, civic engagement, and sustainable food systems, and to continuously improve our interventions in order to maximize social impact. This module is a way for us to share our experience with evaluation thus far and to help other groups along their path of creating an evaluative organizational culture.

In this module, Meredith Davis, Community Food Centres Canada’s Research and Evaluation Manager, describes the process that CFCC went through to create its own national evaluation strategy, including creating a theory of change, developing indicators, designing effective evaluation tools, developmental evaluation (DE), social return on investment analysis (SROI), evaluating in a respectful and dignified manner, and building an evaluative culture.

The breakdown of the five parts are as follows:

  1. Introduction, context and developing an evaluation strategy
  2. Addressing strategic objectives: theory of change, program logic models and matrices
  3. General principles and evaluation tools
  4. Indicator selection, developmental evaluation, and SROI
  5. Communicating findings, evaluating respectfully, and building an evaluative culture

In addition to our own resources, we’ve included other documents that have helped to shape our evaluation thinking from the McConnell Foundation and others as part of the downloadable resources for this module.