Sector Reports and Resources

The Canadian Women’s Foundation regularly evaluates its funded programs to gain insight into their impact, develop a better understanding of best practices, and make program improvements.

We share these evaluation reports and commissioned research to help nonprofit organizations build their knowledge and capacity for developing programs that support gender equality.

The Foundation also regularly hosts webinars featuring community leaders and issue experts.

  • Violence Prevention Resources

    Avon Tip Sheets
    If you know someone who is experiencing violence, these tips will help you take effective action. This series of tip sheets was created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Funding for this project has been provided by AVON Foundation for Women.

    Tip Sheet #1: How to help someone living with violence
    Tip Sheet #2: Support for abused women
    Tip Sheet #3: Talking with your teen about recognizing an unhealthy online relationship
    Tip Sheet #4: Tips for teens: Learning to recognize an unhealthy online relationship

    Violence Prevention Reviews
    In 2011, the Canadian Women’s Foundation conducted a review of our work in the area of violence prevention. The goal of the review process is to continue to enrich and enhance our long-term strategy for preventing violence against women. The following scans were produced within the framework of the review process in order to inform the Canadian Women’s Foundation and stakeholders on the current issues affecting the sector.

    Women with Disabilities and Abuse: Access to Supports (2011)
    Prepared by: DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada

    Violence Against Women with Disabilities – Violence Prevention Review (2011)
    Prepared by: Vecova

    Violence Against Aboriginal Women: Scan & Report (2011)
    Prepared by: Manon Lamontagne

    Report on Violence Against Women, Mental Health and Substance Use (2011)
    Prepared by: BC Society of Transition Houses

    Scan on Funding Policy Initiatives to Respond to VAW (2011)
    Prepared by: Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses

  • Teen Healthy Relationships

    Healthy Relationships: Preventing teen dating violence (2011)
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  • Anti-Trafficking

    From Heartbreaking to Groundbreaking
    This report features stories from survivors, experts and service providers, and outlines the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s 5-year strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.
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    “No More”: Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada, A Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada
    This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
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    Report from the National Experiential Women’s Roundtable
    This report summarizes the discussions at the National Experiential Women’s Roundtable, hosted on December 5th and 6th, 2013 by the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
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    Report from the National Roundtable on Service Delivery for Trafficked Women and Girls in Canada
    This report summarizes the discussion of the September 18, 2013 National Roundtable for Service Providers hosted by the NationalTask Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
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    Report from the National Roundtable on Service Delivery for Trafficked Women and Girls in Canada
    This report summarizes the discussion of the September 18, 2013 National Roundtable for Service Providers hosted by the NationalTask Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
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    An Assessment of Sex Trafficking in Canada
    Prepared by Nicole A. Barrett, Director, Global Justice Associates

    This report, summarizes the prevalence of sex trafficking in Canada in 2013, examines the profile of victims and techniques of traffickers, and explores the demand to purchase sex in Canada, the role of the internet in sex trafficking, and the social and economic costs of sex trafficking.
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    Laws to Combat Sex Trafficking: An Overview of International, National, Provincial and Municipal Laws and their Enforcement
    Prepared by Nicole A. Barrett, Director, Global Justice Associates
    Margaret J. Shaw, Director, Crime and Social Policy Consulting

    This report examines current legislation, regulations and law enforcement issues relating to human trafficking for sexual exploitation at four levels: the international, national, state/provincial, and municipal.
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  • Economic Development Evaluation Report

    Building a Stronger Future: Economic Development Evaluation Highlights, 2009-2014
    This highlights report summarizes the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Economic Development program evaluation from 2009-2014. During this five-year cycle, the Foundation invested about $6 million in an economic development strategy that aimed to help women living on low incomes to build sustainable livelihoods. Much of this investment went into 10 women-centred programs across Canada that reached more than 3,000 women. During this 5-year cycle, the Foundation also invested in two Aboriginal Partnership Grants. This report summarizes the Foundation’s approach, findings, successes, and learnings from all of these funded programs.
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    Beyond Survival: Helping Women Transition out of Poverty
    This report presents the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Collaborative Fund. The Collaborative Fund was a five-year $4.8 million program that provided financial and technical support to ten community programs across Canada that helped low-income women transition out of poverty and build a sustainable livelihood. This report explains our approach, describes our research process, summarizes our findings, and analyzes the key lessons for practitioners, and the and implications for funders and policy-makers.
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    Infographic: How Women Build Sustainable Livelihoods

    Infographic: Economic Development Theory of Change

  • Girls’ Fund Evaluation Reports

    Girls Fund 2009-2012 Evaluation Report
    From 2009 to 2012, the Girls’ Fund supported 14 organizations across the country working with girls aged 9 to 13. These organizations participated in an evaluation of their programs and networks with the support of external evaluators. The evaluation looked at the process of implementing the girls’ programs, as well as the impact of the programs on girls’ lives.
    Download the highlights report.
    Download the full report.

  • Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute Evaluation Report

    Leading for Change: A Report on the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute Pilot Program
    In 2012, the Foundation partnered with St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady International Institute to launch the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute as a three-year pilot program. The vision was a women’s leadership institute that supports emerging women leaders in Canada’s non-profit sector, and promotes a broader, more inclusive approach to leadership. This report summarizes the evaluation data gathered throughout the pilot program, highlighting the Institute’s approach, successes, and lessons learned. It also touches on the plans for the next phase of this unique, innovative, and much-needed women’s leadership development program.
    Download the highlights report.
    Download the full report.