Research & Evaluation

Research & Evaluation

Nonprofits and Nuclear Reactors: A Father-Son Conversation about Learning

Research & Evaluation

I chose a very different career path from my Dad, Bob.  He  is an engineer who spent his career in the nuclear power industry.  He worked for a while at the United Nations in Vienna, travelling around the world evaluating the practices at nuclear power plants.   After reading a paper I co-wrote last fall, my dad mentioned to me that he thought there was a lot of overlap between his work at the UN  and what I did as an evaluator in the non-profit sector -and I think he is right.  As different as our professional interests are, his wisdom about changing the way people relate to evidence translates really well to my work. In honour of my Dad and all dads on Father’s Day, here is a lightly edited version of the conversation we had over email. Read More

How is TNC being Called to Respond in the “New Normal?”

Facilitation and Training, Program & Systems Design, Research & Evaluation


Today marks the beginning of TNC’s 10th anniversary year.   This is the first of a series of posts reflecting on our practice and our mission.  

At TNC, we choose partners carefully.  Whether you are a grantmaker, a frontline service provider, a local government department, a national network or a capacity builder, we work with you because you are on the front lines of our collective efforts to create a better world.  You amaze us, you teach us, and you impress us.    Read More

Evaluating Connectivity in Waterloo Region – Phase 2 Findings

Anti-Poverty Strategies, Collective Impact, Mental Health & Addictions, Research & Evaluation


Connectivity is the name of the Waterloo Region “Situation Tables”, which bring police, health and social service agencies together at a weekly meeting to collaboratively and proactively address situations of acutely elevated risk in the community.

In January 2014, the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) in partnership with Langs Community Health Centre implemented a Situation Table in Cambridge. In partnership with Carizon Family and Community Services, a second Situation Table became operational in Kitchener in October 2014.

Connectivity is about building stronger connections across workers in the local justice, health and social service sectors in order to connect community members in situations of acutely elevated risk to the help they need more quickly.


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