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Nov 20, 2018

Innovation in Evidence Conference Recap

November 20, 2018

Thank you to all attendees of the conference. Conference presentations (where available) are below: Read More

Nov 15, 2018

Evidence that Works

November 15, 2018

Building the Canadian evidence infrastructure for social policy

Canadian governments and their service-provider partners are tackling increasingly complex social problems. Effective solutions will depend on how well they can identify what initiatives are and are not working, and how well the most promising ones can be adapted and scaled up. Read More

Nov 14, 2018

Paths forward to support evidence-informed social policy in Canada

November 14, 2018

Conversation with conference speakers

In advance of our Innovation in Evidence conference, Mowat NFP reached out to six Canadian and International conference speakers — Dr. David Halpern, James Turner, Jon Baron, Diane Roussin, Hanna Azemati and Jonathan Breckon to garner their expertise on a wide-range of topics relating to the role of evidence: Read More

Oct 25, 2018

Innovation in Evidence: Conference Background Paper

October 25, 2018

Strengthening Canadian Efforts to Identify What Works (and What Doesn’t) in Social Policy

The landscape for evidence-informed policymaking is changing rapidly. While important social issues are becoming more complex and entrenched, there exist challenges which impede the generation and adoption of evidence to inform impactful social policy in Canada. Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Measuring Outcomes in Practice

October 13, 2017

Fostering an enabling environment for measurement in Canada

There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Read More

Sep 19, 2017

Bridging the Gap

September 19, 2017

Designing a Canadian What Works Centre

As demand for evidence-based policymaking increases at all orders of government, Canada must build capacity to generate and mobilize evidence. This paper explores the concept of What Works Centres, independent and non-partisan organizations structured to create, collect and curate evidence on public policy challenges and the success – and failure – of government and community-based interventions. Read More

Oct 27, 2016

Unpacking Impact

October 27, 2016

Exploring Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises in Ontario

With support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), Mowat NFP developed this report to examine the concept of common impact measurement frameworks and standardization globally, and identify specific opportunities to strengthen impact measurement practices for the social enterprise ecosystem in Ontario. Read More

Jul 25, 2016

Canada Needs a What Works Centre. Here’s How We Can Build It.

July 25, 2016

Growing demand for services, reduced fiscal capacity and increased public scrutiny of government spending have led to a spike in the demand for systematic, rigorous evidence in policymaking. Read More

Jun 21, 2016

Unpacking Impact Conference

June 21, 2016

A one-day forum for exploring impact measurement for social enterprises. Read More

Dec 09, 2015

Mowat Centre Impact Report 2010-2015

December 9, 2015

Mowat Centre’s Impact Report provides an overview of publications, activities and public policy impact from our first five years. Read More