We felt Innoweave could assist us to step up our game. As a mature organization of 75 years, Innoweave gave us fresh eyes and helped us focus more clearly about who we are, what we do, and the systemic changes that are needed. That change helps us speak to funders and donors about what our work is actually accomplishing.
In Canada's community sector, business as usual isn’t enough to deliver the results we need. Fortunately, new approaches such as developmental evaluation, social enterprise, social finance, impact and strategic clarity, collective impact, outcomes finance, constructive engagement and cloud computing are helping charities and non-profits generate greater impact, more quickly, and at less cost.
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Innoweave helps community organizations learn about, assess, and implement these approaches. Innoweave is organized into nine modules, each focusing on a different approach to social innovation. The Innoweave Process offers five layers of support for organizations looking to understand, test and implement new approaches to help enhance their impact:
2. Select which approaches to explore using a self-assessment tool.
3. Participate in a workshop with your leadership team to clarify your approach and determine next
4. Connect with an Innoweave coach to help you implement.
5. Access funding to hire the coach of your choice.
Innoweave creates real results with non-profit partners across Canada. In its first full year (2013) Innoweave held over 40 workshops, with more than 600 participants representing 200+ organizations.
Across the program’s nine modules, 95 organizations are already implementing new approaches - you can meet many Innoweave implementers here. A rapidly expanding group of partner organizations (150+) is working with Innoweave to deliver web sessions and workshops and help spread the word about Innoweave.
Innoweave makes a real and lasting impact for individual organizations. Below are some of the organizations that have implemented Innoweave modules, enhancing their social innovation capacity along the way:
- Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver: Impact and Strategic Clarity module
- Lake Ontario Waterkeeper: Social Enterprise module
- Unity Charity: Developmental Evaluation module
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