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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. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to measuring outcomes. 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

Aug 25, 2014

From Investment to Impact

August 25, 2014

The NFP Experience with Social Impact Bonds

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new funding tool that uses private capital to fund preventative social interventions. Read More

Jul 23, 2014

Better Outcomes for Public Services

July 23, 2014

Achieving social impact through outcomes-based funding

The latest from Mowat in our ongoing Shifting Gears research partnership with KPMG, this study looks at the growing global trend toward outcomes-based program funding. Read More

Apr 14, 2014

Demonstrating the Results of Capacity Building

April 14, 2014

Final Report of the Partnership Grants Learning Project

This report was prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Read More