Evidence Library

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Sharing what we’re learning about different program models, service-delivery approaches, or best practices is an important way for the public benefit sector to advance its work together.

We’ve populated this searchable library with a collection of documents – from academic and community-based research and program evaluations – that we hope can help organizations working in the sector be more effective in their work.

This collection of evidence is a work in progress. As we come across important pieces of research or knowledge, we’ll take note of them, and update this library periodically. Importantly, if you know of a resource not yet included, or want to share the findings from your program evaluation, please share a link to it or upload it here in our Discussion Forum.

Name of Document Author Date Brief Description
Alzheimer Society of Ontario 2016

Minds in Motion is a proven and widely used program combining physical and social activites for people living with dementia and their carers.

Josephine Grayson 2012

Comprehensive evaluation report on the DiverseCity on Board program, detailing impacts with recommendations.

Community Food Centres Canada 2015

A brief by Community Food Centres outlining some of the connections between income level, food insecurity and social isolation.

National Ageing Research Institute 2010

This paper describes the evaluation of the Memory Lane Café service in Victoria, Australia. The Alzheimer's Australia Vic Memory Lane Café model aims to provide a social and educational service to people living with dementia and their carers, family members or friends. This evaluation found that Memory Lane Cafés promote social inclusion, prevent isolation, and improve the social and emotional well-being of attendees.

Samara Canada 2017

Report and analysis on civic engagement of Canadians with a focus on political participation at all levels. There is specific focus and metrics on diversity, newcomers, and other typically under represented groups in the civic space.

Rural Ontario Institute 2017

This compiled report highlights a number of successful approaches used to engage youth in tackling rural community issues. Each community and approach is highlighted in such a way that they can be adapted by other communities and applied to their local context.

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