Cities Reducing Poverty: An Introduction to our Common Evaluation Method

Submitted by Tamarack on April 28, 2017 - 1:57am

Cities Reducing Poverty has a long history of conducting common evaluation. One of the benefits of becoming a Cities (or Community) Reducing Poverty member is participation in our common evaluation, which will allow us to measure our progress at the local level and as a unified national poverty reduction movement.  As we scale up to 100 collaborative poverty reduction Cities across the country, there is no end to the diversity and complexity of our measurement task.

With the help of the previous Evaluation Action Team, the new Evaluation Wisdom Council, and current member Cities, we have constructed a learning and evaluation package that will help each of our members understand and learn how to do our common evaluation evaluation, and help us express our impacts to a variety of different stakeholders.

The tools we are using to collect our data include:

  1. The Sustainable Livelihoods Framework
  2. Population-Level Indicators, via the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)

We will also be emphasizing coaching and training tools, to assist our members in becoming the best evaluators possible.  Example evaluation supports include:

  • Monthly webinars
  • Monthly Community of Practice calls
  • Stipend for peer coaching
  • Stipend for professional coaching
  • New evaluation resources and tools in our library
  • Regular check-ins with Tamarack staff 

Our first webinar is led by Mark Cabaj, President of Here2There, who has been instrumental in forming and packaging our common evaluation.  We hosted him to do the Cities Reducing Poverty evaluation introduction on November 12, 2015 and can be found here.
This resource should be viewed by all Cities Reducing Poverty members, especially lead convenor contacts.