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
Policy & Advocacy
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. May, 2018.
submitted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the National Housing Strategy consultation. May, 2018.
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.
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.
Prepared by: Manon Lamontagne
Prepared by: Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses
- Teen Healthy Relationships
Healthy Relationships: Preventing teen dating violence (2011)
Healthy Relationships 101: An Overview of School-Based Healthy Relationships Programs (2012)
Teen Healthy Relationship Programming: National Learning Strategy (2013)
Leading for Change: National Evaluation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Teen Healthy Relationships Program (2013-2017)
Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: National Survey Data Report – Executive Summary (2017)
Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: Mid-Project Report (2017)
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.
“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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.