Research & Evaluation

Research & Evaluation

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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Falling in Love with the Rules

Program & Systems Design, Research & Evaluation, Uncategorized

51dYGzGi6rL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_-2NOTE: A version of this post was originally published at Tamarack’s Communities Collaborating Institute Online.

Here at Taylor Newberry, when we do evaluation work, we try our best to create surveys and tools that are thoughtful, accessible, and useful.   We try to avoid creating mindless paperwork.  I have just finished reading The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, by David Graeber, and it makes me think perhaps we have to be even more vigilant to guard against the creep of bureaucracy.   Read More

Simple Tips for Communicating about Impact

Capacity Building, Research & Evaluation

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 9.59.04 AMThis blog was written by Ben Liadsky of ONN and Andrew Taylor of TNC.  It was originally published on the website of the Ontario Nonprofit Network

Over the last year, Taylor Newberry Consulting has been working with the Ontario Nonprofit Network on  the development of a Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy.  In this process, we have learned that one of the tricks to succeeding at outcome evaluation happens before you even get to the stage of designing surveys or completing reports. It involves focussing your measurement on a small number of concrete, measurable outcomes that are more or less within your control. Picking those outcomes can be challenging, and explaining them effectively to your target audiences can take some practice. So, one of the first steps in measuring impact is getting into the habit of talking about your work in impact language. This blog offers a few simple tips that might be helpful, even if you don’t have a lot of impact data yet. Read More