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January 2016

Evidence of Change: The sustainable livelihoods framework

by Ricardo Ramirez

A new guide to help with the assessment of changes in the physical, natural, financial and human dimensions of a project, using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework. Based on a theory often used in international development projects, it was developed by Ricardo Ramirez with input from several partners. It was tested by two projects in Saskatoon and Nova Scotia, and while it was developed to support projects funded under the Regional Value Chain program, we hope that it proves useful to a wider audience.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

2015

Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep

by Darcy Riddell and Michele-Lee Moore

A key question on the minds of many social change practitioners and funders is “how do we scale up our impact?” Many feel overwhelmed by the fact that they have invested resources for decades into numerous local projects, which may have great results, but fail to collectively change the overall state of the system. Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep, by Darcy Riddell and Michele-Lee Moore, addresses how to solve this problem. The findings in this study reveal specific strategies for achieving scale, depending on whether the target is spreading an innovation, changing laws in the wider system, or shifting the cultural context within which a problem exists in the first place.

June 15, 2015

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems

by Christie Young

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance, a new report commissioned by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, examines impact investing in local sustainable food systems in Canada.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems

February 4, 2015

Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System

by Econometric Research Limited, Harry Cummings & Associates, Rod MacRae, PhD

A new study identifies the impact of local food in Southern Ontario and explores scenarios to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, protect the environment and support healthier lifestyles.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

October 16, 2014

Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors

by SHARE

Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors, outlines the negative impacts that corporate activities across the food value chain can have on food system sustainability.

Tags: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability

September 10, 2013

The Art of Resilience, The Resilience of Art

A paper on the contribution of art and culture to urban resilience and livability. This is the product of conversations that took place during two linked meetings held between June 27 and July 3, 2013, on Wasan Island on Lake Rosseau in the Muskoka region north of Toronto, Canada, hosted by the Breuninger Foundation, Musagetes, and the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Tags: Resilience

2013

Ecotrust Canada's Coastal Loan Fund: A Bold Institutional Experiment 1998-2009

by Ecotrust Canada

Ecotrust Canada’s Coastal Loan Fund: A Bold Institutional Experiment, published in 2013, is the final analysis of the Fund’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall impact.

Tags: Social Finance, Sustainability

May 25, 2013

The Road to the Summit: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Learning Initiative

by Ontario Trillium Foundation

A developmental evaluation of of an initiative and a competition that stimulated and celebrated innovations in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education across Canada.

Tags: Indigenous-Focused Philanthropy

October 2012

Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports

by Jamie Gamble

Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports evaluates the design of the learning and networking features provided with national supports to local Vibrant Communities initiatives (also referred to as a hub or backbone organization).

Tags: Vibrant Communities, Evaluation

February 2012

Supporting The National Theatre School’s “Theatre Engaging Communities” Program

by Kevin Chin

Since 2005, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has supported the NTS and its Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program (CALP), assisting over 130 students to carry out productions that cover a range of economic, social and cultural topics.

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