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More resources more impact webinar presentation_ April 14, 2016


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Presentation on key deliverables of the PGP Evaluation Project during More Resources, More Impact webinar on April 14, 2016

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More resources more impact webinar presentation_ April 14, 2016

  1. 1. More Resources, More Impact: PGP Evaluation Project Presenters: Sustain Ontario – Phil Groff Eco-Ethonomics Inc. – Ryan Turnbull, Devon Gregory, Trevor Benson FoodShare Toronto – Angela ElzingaCheng, Debbie Field, Yara Janes
  2. 2. Some opening remarks from: Phil Groff, Executive Director WELCOME
  3. 3. “ ” I practice and write about evaluation because I believe that evaluative thinking can make more effective those who are deeply committed to and authentically engaged in making the world a better place. Evaluation, at its best, distinguishes what works from what doesn’t, and helps separate effective change makers from resource wasters, boastful charlatans, incompetent meddlers, and corrupt self-servers. Michael Quinn Patton Utilization Focused Evaluation Evaluation has at its root, the word value
  4. 4. “ ” Utilization-focused evaluation is evaluation done for and with specific intended primary users for specific, intended uses. Utilization-focused evaluation begins with the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use; therefore, evaluators should facilitate the evaluation process and design any evaluation with careful consideration for how everything that is done, from beginning to end, will affect use. Michael Quinn Patton Utilization Focused Evaluation Useful evaluation requires stakeholder direction
  6. 6. Agenda 1. Welcome and Introductions 2. Agenda and Objectives 3. Provincial Partnership Evaluation Project Overview 4. Financial Mobilization Scan 5. Resource Sharing Library 6. Collective Impact Map 7. Cross Program Tracking Tool 8. Concluding Remarks and Next Steps
  7. 7. Webinar Objectives 1. To present each of the deliverables of the PGP Evaluation Project 2. To discuss how each of the deliverables can be utilized by other organizations 3. To reflect on the process thus far, and how the work will move forward
  8. 8. Provincial Partnership Evaluation Project Overview • Project objective: develop replicable and accessible tools for food organizations in Ontario to undertake their own evaluations • What was developed: – Financial mobilization scan – Resource sharing library – Collective Impact Map – Cross program tracking tool
  9. 9. Provincial Partnership Evaluation Project Overview How it was developed: •26 in-depth key informant interviews – 9 with funders – 17 grant recipients •3 online surveys – 1 for the financial mobilization scan – 2 for the Collective Impact Map •2 in-person sessions – Sharpening the Tools for Change: Mobilizing Food System Stakeholders Around Creating Greater Collective Impact – Choosing The Tools for Change: Mobilizing Food System Stakeholders Around Creating Greater Collective Impact •3 webinars – From Bland to Delicious: Spicing Up Evaluation – Mapping Collective Impact for Ontario’s Food Movement – More Resources, More Impact: PGP Evaluation Project
  10. 10. Project Process Diagram Choosing the Tools for Change Choosing the Tools for Change Financial Mobilization Report Financial Mobilization Report Online Survey Online Survey Evaluation Tool Review Evaluation Tool Review InterviewsInterviews Start-upStart-up Tool Harvesting Tool Harvesting Sharpening the Tools for Change Sharpening the Tools for Change Tool Development Tool DevelopmentWebinarWebinar Financial Mobilization Scan and Impact Mapping Food System Evaluation and Tool Development Annotated Tool Inventory Annotated Tool Inventory Community Partner Beta Testing Community Partner Beta Testing Both
  11. 11. FINANCIAL MOBILIZATION SCAN Presenter: Devon Gregory
  12. 12. Online Survey Demographics • Eligibility: Organizations engaged in food system work in Ontario who had applied and/or received funding for food projects within the province • 32 organizations completed the survey – 15 non-profits, 14 non-profits with charitable status, 1 grass roots committee, 1 unincorporated • Organizations varied considerably in size – Range from 0 to 80 full-time employees (average of 5) – Annual budget ranged from $5,000 – $4,300,000 (average of $487,518)
  13. 13. 13 Applying for a Grant • Grants applied for on an annual basis = 9 – Food grants applied for on an annual basis = 6 • Considerable time spent on applying and receiving a grant – 10 days spent applying – 100 days spent waiting to hear back – 69 days spent waiting for the money • On average, 90 days are spent applying for grants (that’s three months of the year!)
  14. 14. Applying for Food Funding 14 Success rates when applying for food funding varied considerably amongst those who were surveyed. A large portion were rarely successful and another large portion were very successful.
  15. 15. Receiving Food Funding • Average value of grants received ranged from $3,500 to $600,000 (average of all respondents was $174,524) • Maximum amount of a food grant ranged from $4,000 to $989,000 (average of $162,747) • Most prominent target populations: – Children and youth (52%) – Families (52%) – Low-income or marginally employed (48%)
  16. 16. Length of Food Grant Period
  17. 17. Areas of Food System Work Organizations worked mostly in the following areas of the food system: •Food education (54.2%) •Food marketing (45.8%) •Food production (41.7%) •Social enterprise development (41.7%).
  18. 18. Funded Areas of Food System Work Most of the work being done in the following areas is funded (>85% of projects in these areas are funded): •Food processing and manufacturing •Food marketing •Food education •Workforce development •Retail food outlets Lack of funding being allocated towards other areas of the food system including: •Regulation and policy (only 22.2% of projects are funded) •Health and nutritional quality of food (only 57.1% of projects are funded) •Food access and nutrition (only 60% of projects are funded)
  19. 19. DISCUSSION
  20. 20. Resource sharing library Presenter: phil grofF
  21. 21. Scan of Evaluation Tools and Resources Purpose: To identify, collect, and organize for review, a breadth of evaluation tools and resources that are relevant to community food initiatives in Ontario. Steps: 1.Website and Open Source Data Collection (online scan) 2.Direct Data Collection (phone and survey) 3.Website and Open Source Round Two (snowballing from survey contacts)
  22. 22. Results • More than 200 resources were collected, scanned and 167 resources selected as a useful tools/resources • Classification Scheme Developed (18 Categories) • Abstraction of Outcomes for the Collective Impact Map • Consent received from resource owners to share these publicly (with 6 still pending)
  23. 23. Where will these resources live? • Working with Hypenotic to develop a resource sharing library as part of our Municipal Regional Food Policy Network project • Evaluation Project will be one initiative on this library site • Mix of display / offering based on different levels of consent: – Some hosted on Sustain Ontario’s site / FoodShare’s site – Some abstracts with links to originating organization’s site – Some abstracts without links • Current plan is to launch for Local Food Week (June 6-12)
  24. 24. DISCUSSION
  25. 25. Collective impact map Presenter: trevor benson
  26. 26. DISCUSSION
  27. 27. CROSS PROGRAM TRACKING TOOL Presenters: Angela elzingacheng and yara janes
  28. 28. Updated FoodShare Tracking Tool
  29. 29. Updated FoodShare Tracking Tool
  30. 30. Updated FoodShare Tracking Tool
  31. 31. Why this tool? 1. Provide clarity and consistency 2. It will align our data 3. Deeper understanding of the intensity of a particular program activity (depth of impact). 4. Strengthen our evaluation processes 5. Inform which projects should be prioritized.
  32. 32. DISCUSSION
  33. 33. CONCLUDING remarks AND NEXT STEPS Presenter: debbie field
  34. 34. Thank you for joining us today!