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19 Sep 2017

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Bridging the Gap

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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

27 Oct 2016

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Unpacking Impact

October 27, 2016 | By , and

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

25 Jul 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

21 Jun 2016

Unpacking Impact Conference

June 21, 2016

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

09 Dec 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

From Investment to Impact

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

23 Jul 2014

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Better Outcomes for Public Services

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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

14 Apr 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

04 Dec 2013

‘What Works’ Livechat on The Guardian with Jennifer Gold

December 4, 2013

Following the release of our research report, Public Service Transformed, The Mowat Centre was invited by the Guardian UK to participate in its Live Q&A on What Works Centres and evidence-based policy making. Mowat’s senior policy associate, Jennifer Gold was on the expert panel for this online discussion.

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