Authored by: Shauna MacKinnon, Sara Stephens

Grant: Transforming Inner-city and Aboriginal Communities - 2007-2012
Category: Education, Training, and Capacity Building


In the early stages of planning for the 2005 State of the Inner City Report, the State of the Inner City (SIC) steering committee expressed an interest in developing a means of measuring the difficult to measure outcomes of participation in community-based programs. In 2006, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba (CCPA-Mb) embarked on a journey with eight inner-city organizations to begin to explore the meaning of ‘successful outcomes’ for participants of community-based programs. Participants include individuals who use the services and programs of the community organizations studied. In some cases, they are also volunteers. This is a story of that journey, as much as it is an attempt to better understand how we might more accurately measure program outcomes for individuals struggling with multiple barriers in their daily lives.

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