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
Assembly of First Nations 2007

This document was developed to address the need for a national strategic plan for the revitalization of First Nations languages in Canada. The health of FN languages has been critically impacted over the past century and this strategy is designed to support and revitalize the contribution of FNs to Canada through their rich culture, history and languages. The initiatives described have been designed to ensure the ongoing revitalization, recognition and protection of FN languages.

Yael Harlap 2006

A study examining the diversity and range of community arts practicies with a focus on training and the values that motivate and shape work in the field.

The Irvine Foundation 2011

This report aims to illuminate a growing body of practice around participatory engagement (with various illustrative
case studies profiled at the end). A synopsis of the individual and community benefits associated with active participation is provided, as well as an analysis of the symbiotic relationship between participatory arts practice and attendance.

Creative Management Project, Cultural Human Resources Council 2005

This report surveyed the status of mentorship in the arts and cultural sector in Canada. It outlines the benefits of mentoring and ways of designing mentorship programs. Of particular interest to organizations might be the comprehensive bibliography of resources on mentoring, or the section on program design, which addresses not only mentoring generally, but also common challenges such as planning, approaches to mentoring, rural vs urban communities.

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