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Sector 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.

    • Violence Prevention

      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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      Healthy Relationships 101: An Overview of School-Based Healthy Relationships Programs (2012)
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      Teen Healthy Relationship Programming: National Learning Strategy (2013)
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      Leading for Change: National Evaluation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Teen Healthy Relationships Program (2013-2017)
      Download the English highlights report.
      Download the French highlights report.
      Download the full report.

      Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: National Survey Data Report – Executive Summary (2017)
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      Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: Mid-Project Report (2017)
      Download the report.
      Download the report in French.

       

       

    • Anti-Trafficking

      In 2014, the Canadian Women’s Foundation published the two reports listed below following a two-year process of research on the scale and scope of sex trafficking in Canada. They serve as a snapshot of our understanding of the issue of trafficking at the time.

      In the years since we published these documents, our learning has evolved and we recognize that important voices are missing in our initial work on this issue. To avoid contributing to narratives that would further marginalize and criminalize women from communities we seek to support, are making these reports available upon request only to ensure that others understand where we’ve been and where we are today.

      We look forward to publishing new learnings in the months and years to come.

      From Heartbreaking to Groundbreaking
      This report outlines the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s 5-year strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.
      Report available upon request.

      “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.
      Report available upon request.

       

    • Economic Development

      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.
      Download the highlights report.

      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.
      Download the report.

      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.

    • Leadership

      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.

    • Policy Briefs

      Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Indigenous Women Are Not Sterilized Without Their Consent, December 10, 2018
      Forced and coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women are a result of systemic violence and discrimination against Indigenous peoples. These sterilizations are an assault on Indigenous women, their families, their communities, and their Nations that have already been subjected to forced assimilation through colonialism, including eugenic practices. The Foundation is one of 72 organizations endorsing this joint statement calling for government action to #DefendConsent and end #ForcedSterilization of Indigenous women in Canada.

      Submission for consultation on handguns and assault weapons, November 18, 2018
      In Canadian households, the presence of firearms is the single greatest risk factor for lethality of domestic violence. This letter addressing Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, outlines why the Canadian Women’s Foundation supports a ban on assault weapons and a ban on handguns, as part of our commitment to make the lives of women and girls safer.

      Policy Brief: Bill C-78: An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, November 16, 2018.
      Given that preventing family violence is a key issue for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this policy brief outlines recommendations for how Bill C-78 may be improved to reduce the risk of family violence and mitigate its impact. While some aspects of Bill C-78 are positive, others may place women at greater risk of experiencing continued family violence through the divorce process.

      Submission for consultations in advance of the 2019 Budget
      Canada’s competitiveness is significantly compromised if half of the population is left behind. Gender equity is fundamental to Canada’s social, political, and economic progress and to our prosperity. Public policy requires a robust, intersectional, gender-based analysis that considers differential impacts across communities. This submission contains 10 recommendations aimed at ensuring that Canada’s approach is gender responsive and inclusive.

      Policy Brief: Gun Control and Violence Prevention, May, 2018.
      Firearms cause harm to Canadian women in a variety of ways. Access to a firearm in
      the home closely correlates with risk of completed suicide and homicide. Firearm use is prevalent in spousal murder-suicides. This policy brief outlines why Canadian Women’s Foundation welcomes the direction of the federal government in Bill C-71 toward strengthening licensing and screening provisions, and recommends further steps in this direction. Submitted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, regarding Bill C-71: An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms.

      Policy Brief: National Housing Strategy: A Rights-Based Approach to Women and Housing, May, 2018.
      Women’s safety depends on a long term, comprehensive approach that addresses the roots of women’s social, economic and political inequality. While eradication of violence is the goal, this can only be achieved if accountability mechanisms are built into all our social, political, and economic systems to ensure that they respond to the needs and rights of women and children to live free from violence. Implementing a right to safe and affordable housing can support this overall goal. Submitted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the National Housing Strategy consultation.